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The Silk Box: A Love Story by Shirley Mihoko Hairston

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Mimics of Rune #2
by Aimee Laine
Release Date: September 3, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Shape-shifter
Back of the Book
Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.
All her life, Lily Crane has supressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.
It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.
Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.
He can only pray he isn’t too late.

Goodreads Summary

It is hard to believe that Mihoko Hairston’s account of her mother and father’s lives and romance is contained in just these 256 pages.   In this historical fiction novel, readers will hear individual accounts of the terrible bombing of Hiroshima, of the first years of American occupation in Japan, of the air force’s flights into Korea, of the Japanese invasion of China, and more.  The subject of racism in the U.S. is described within American cities and on military bases; cultural aspects of imperial Japan are mentioned, such as the place of geisha in society.  Distrust between races and cultures is evident in many of the book’s characters; yet, the characters are very likable.  The author’s talent at dialogue really drew me into the story; she successfully switched between Southern American slang to respect-filled Japanese to crude military jargon.  “Mi-Chan”, a young Japanese girl, uses her own experiences and the wisdom found in her Zen Koans book, a treasure in her “silk box”, to carry on, though her life has been altered and nearly destroyed by the American bomb.  A Zen teaching from which she finds peace: “While you are living, know you are dying.”  She intends to live in the present and find joy in whatever ways – big or small - that she can.

Her willingness to see beyond the barriers of culture and race, beyond hatred and unfairness, help her to lead a fulfilling life despite tragedy.  Adults will enjoy reading about the heartbreaks and joys of Mi-Chan’s and “Sonny’s” lives.

Four Stars 

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