We start out with the story of Irina, who after a troubling past (which we learn about throughout the story) is working at Lark House, a home for the elderly. One of the people she cares for is Alma, who has a secret past that Irina and Alma's grandson, Seth, are trying to piece together.
Alma's past involves Ichimei, a Japanese American who grew up with Alma as his father tended their gardens. The two were pulled apart during WWII, when Ichimei's family was sent to a Japanese internment camp.
Alma disappears every few weeks, usually for one night. Irina and Seth want to know if she's going to meet Ichimei. Seth is also in love with Irina, but she's not able to accept his advances. Why?
The Japanese Lover weaves a web of vivid characters with complex pasts and slowly exposes the reader to all the details. The story is charming and warmed my heart.
The audiobook narrator, Joanna Gleason, is perfect. I highly recommend this version of The Japanese Lover.
The Japanese Lover is and adult book and would appeal to a select few teen readers.
Published by Atria, 2015. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2016
Copy obtained from the library
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