The Story of Madam Butterfly's Boy
by Laird Koenig
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MORNING SUN LIGHTS UP THE TWO DIFFERENT AND FASCINATING WORLDS OF AMERICA AND JAPAN BEFORE PEARL HARBOR
This bestselling author’s wonderfully moving adventure-love story takes us to Japan in 1913. When his US Navy officer father dies, teenage Sam Pinkerton discovers he’s the son of a Japanese mother, and follows his heart to find her. Too late. Madam Butterfly ended her life with a samurai blade.
Whether American or Japanese, he’s an outcast desperately alone in the strange and dangerous lower depths of Nagasaki, struggling to stay alive. A wily criminal Japanese kid helps him avoid the law and endure to young manhood and sex in varieties gaijins know little of. A breathtaking fantasy with a geisha
ends when corrupt and powerful Kodo traps the American-looking Sam into marrying his club-footed daughter.
Sam feels no love, yet respects Mayumi, who bears the children he adores. Her
father sends him to the States, posing as an American in a lumber deal illegal for a Japanese. Accepted among the Jazz-Age youth, he falls in love with blonde Nicola. One slip, however, will reveal his identity and mean prison for Sam.
Now truly between two worlds -- Nagasaki and Mayumi waiting with his children, or America and his deep love for Nicola. Desert Mayumi the way his father betrayed Butterfly?
Where does young Sam belong in the world?
- Easton Studio Press, LLC, September 2012
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