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Juliet Kono Publishes First Novel

Posted on | October 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Juliet Kono Publishes First Novel

Anshu bookcover

Leeward Associate Professor Juliet S. Kono publishes her first novel Anshu: Dark Sorrow. Based on historical events, Anshu is a tale of passion and human triumph in the face of extraordinary adversity, spanning the cane fields of Hawaiʻi and the devastation in Hiroshima.

A pregnant, unmarried Hilo teenager, Himiko Aoki, finds her Hawaiʻi Japanese American identity clashing with Japan’s cultural norms when she is sent to live with relatives in Tokyo in 1941 and becomes trapped there with the outbreak of war. When America drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Himiko finds herself adapting in unexpected ways just to survive.

Kono’s previous publications include two books of poetry, Hilo Rains and Tsunami Years; a collaborative work of linked poems with three other poets, No Choice but to Follow; a short story collection, Hoʻolulu Park and the Pepsodent Smile; and a children’s book, The Bravest ʻOpihi.

Anshu: Dark Sorrow is available the Mānoa Bookstore and the Bamboo Ridge website.