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Summary

Two young lovers…one little secret.

As a Korean student in a Japanese high school, Sugihara has had to defend himself against all kinds of bullies. But nothing could have prepared him for the heartache he feels when he falls hopelessly in love with a Japanese girl named Sakurai. Immersed in their shared love for classical music and foreign movies, the two gradually grow closer and closer.

One night, after being hit by personal tragedy, Sugihara reveals to Sakurai that he is not Japanese - as his name might indicate.

Torn between a chance at self-discovery that he’s ready to seize and the prejudices of others that he can’t control, Sugihara must decide who he wants to be and where he wants to go next. Will Sakurai be able to confront her own bias and accompany him on his journey?

©2000, 2007 Kazuki Kaneshiro; translation © 2018 by Takami Nieda (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Brilliant!!

Powerful narrative. A coming of age story in a world full of anger, hate, confusion and loss.

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  • Ike K. Hong
  • 11-04-18

Koreans in Japan After WW-II

Enjoyed & learned about very interesting story...I must admit that I never thought about life in Japan as 2nd generation of Koreans. Not going into spoilers, I thought it was very interesting story about Korean (South, North, then South again) kid growing up in Japan treated as 2nd citizen, etc. BTW, LOVED ending! ✌

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  • jaek
  • 09-08-18

stellar performance

loved it. as a both Korean and Japanese speaker surprised by the fact that the narrator pronounced these two languages so fluently and correctly.

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 06-08-18

Meh - Wasn't for Me

This started out okay and had my attention, but it quickly lost steam. I confess, I don't even recall how it ended, and I just finished reading it yesterday. It felt more like a character study, or a window view at a certain kind of character, rather than a truly cohesive story. There were some interesting parts, but I just don't love this.

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  • Rose M Baldwin
  • 16-04-18

A wonderful story

I loved this story, how well it is plotted, characterized, and performed. Despite taking place in Japan, the points on nationalism, the human condition, and the people caught in the middle are ever more relevant.

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  • Shonte Parker
  • 22-04-18

Disconnected Ramblings

I was listening to the audio version and just decided to quit. I don't see any rhyme, reason, nor cohesion in the story. This one is gonna have to be a "did not finish" for me.

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