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Book review Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copelton

SYNOPSIS
Ama survived the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945.Her husband  Kenzo   has died, leaving her a widow . A widow who drinks to medicate the pain from her past. Until a strange man comes to her door one day ,claiming  to be Hideo  , her grandson who died in the bombings all those years ago. Even though this would be a refuge from the loneliness she is prisoner of caution, making it difficult for her to accept the possibility.  Could this be a refuge from the loneliness.? Could this be a Trick?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jackie Copelton taught English in Nagasaki and Sapporo. Worked as a journalist  in the UK and the Middle East. She holds a Masters in Literature  in Creative Writing.  Currently  lives in Glasgow  Scotland with her husband.
MY IMPRESSIONS
I loved the way the author described the aftermath of the bombings. It's  set at a time most of us wouldn't be privy to, but you feel the weight of loss and sadness pressing down on you as if,someone placed a wet heavy blanket on your shoulder You can al ost feel the dust. You are horrified by what they discover.
    Also the hatred Ama  has for Takei  ,her former lover ,is palatable. But for about 2/3 thirds of the book you don't know why exactly.  Is she just a jilted ex or the victim of something?  So when you do finally find out it makes sense, , like someone putting in the last piece of that 500 piece jigsaw puzzle. I felt that Ama'so character was justified.  I don't want to give away anymore plot points other than to say definitely read this book. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

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