Book Review | Hiroshima in the Morning
Title: Hiroshima in the Morning
Author: Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
This is a story about a wife and a mother who sets out on a journey to learn more about history and her own family’s heritage, and ultimately learns more about herself and her own abilities. Even though Rahna is a successful author, she had never been on her own or taken on anything as challenging or life-changing as leaving her family and travelling to Japan for six months. She has challenges fitting in and finding people in Japan who want to share their stories with her, or the stories seem to lack an emotional connection and just sound like rehearsed facts. Her marriage starts to fall apart during her absence, and she struggles with her role as wife and mother. Then, 9/11 happened and changed everything. The fear for her family’s safety and reality of how life can change in an instant repairs the damage to her marriage. The stark reality of the attack on the US and the International heartache the followed helped people to open up and share their stories from Hiroshima. She has used her experiences and interviews from this trip to write another book called “Shadow Child” that has not yet been released.
I found the story hard to connect with in the beginning, but eventually was consumed by it. The memories of 9/11 are vivid for me, like for most people, so the story became personal and I really connected to it. I’m looking forward to reading the fictional story based on her interviews and experiences that these memoirs are based on.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*