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Publisher Description

Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller!
From debut author Asha Lemmie, “a lovely, heartrending story about love and loss, prejudice and pain, and the sometimes dangerous, always durable ties that link a family together.” —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Nightingale

Kyoto, Japan, 1948. “Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist.”

Such is eight-year-old Noriko “Nori” Kamiza’s first lesson. She will not question why her mother abandoned her with only these final words. She will not fight her confinement to the attic of her grandparents’ imperial estate. And she will not resist the scalding chemical baths she receives daily to lighten her skin.

The child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Her grandparents take her in, only to conceal her, fearful of a stain on the royal pedigree that they are desperate to uphold in a changing Japan. Obedient to a fault, Nori accepts her solitary life, despite her natural intellect and curiosity. But when chance brings her older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him an unlikely ally with whom she forms a powerful bond—a bond their formidable grandparents cannot allow and that will irrevocably change the lives they were always meant to lead. Because now that Nori has glimpsed a world in which perhaps there is a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it—a battle that just might cost her everything.

Spanning decades and continents, Fifty Words for Rain is a dazzling epic about the ties that bind, the ties that give you strength, and what it means to be free.

Fiction & Literature
September 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

rainbowcat5 ,

Sad and depressing

Interesting insights into Japanese culture, but a very dark book. I kept reading hoping for a happy ending, but...

😄😔😰 ,

Loved it until the end

I give it three stars because most of the book is really good but I’m so confused and let down by the ending! It feels like there should be a book #2 but there isn’t. There are huge loose ends not tied up. What about Noah? What about her mother? It is just not nice to write an amazing book and get the reader all emotionally involved in the characters and then leave them hanging like that :(

Please make a sequel!

Mom is on it! ,

Gripping at every turn

Exhausting, emotional, fulfilling, and fascinating.

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