A haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast.Twin sisters Hana and Kei grew up in a tiny Hawaiian town in the 1950s and 1960s, so close they shared the same nickname. Raised in dreamlike isolation by their loving but unstable mother, they were fatherless, mixed-race, and utterly inseparable, devoted to one another. But when their cherished threesome with Mama is broken, and then further shattered by a violent, nearly fatal betrayal that neither young woman can forgive, it seems their bond may be severed forever--until, six years later, Kei arrives on Hana's lonely Manhattan doorstep with a secret that will change everything.Told in interwoven narratives that glide seamlessly between the gritty streets of New York, the lush and dangerous landscape of Hawaii, and the horrors of the Japanese internment camps and the bombing of Hiroshima, SHADOW CHILD is set against an epic sweep of history. Volcanos, tsunamis, abandonment, racism, and war form the urgent, unforgettable backdrop of this intimate, evocative, and deeply moving story of motherhood, sisterhood, and second chances....
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This is the story of twin sisters, Hana and Kei, who have a complicated history and even more complicated present. It is also the story of their mother, Miya/ Lillie, whose disturbing and harrowing past never leaves her, hanging like a shadow over her life and the lives of her two young daughters. The story slowly uncovers Lillie's past, while at the same time diving into the sometimes confusing relationship between the two girls, and especially dealing with a traumatic experience Hana has in a ...more
3.5 stars, compelling, complex novel told from 4 different perspectives. One perspective is a Japanese American women during WWII. I have read many novels from WWII but not from the Japanese side. It spans 30 years switching from the Japanese American, her two twin daughters from childhood to present. This book is not getting very good reviews as some think it is confusing or left too many loose ends, but I have to disagree this story is well done.
Shadow Child begins with a pair of estranged twins, one in Hawaii and one in New York City. Kei, who lives in Hawaii, journeys across the country to visit her sister, Hana, for an unknown reason, which fills Hana with dread. Yet when Hana gets home, ready to confront Kei, she finds her sister has been attacked, and left unconscious in the bathtub. As Hana cares for her ailing sister, she begins to dredge up their past in an attempt to figure out what brought Kei back into her ...more
This was a little interesting in the beginning but it became too convoluted, confusing and very depressing.
It is much too wordy for me, like listening to someone who enjoys hearing themselves talk.
Others may like it, but it's not for me.
What a beautiful story! This is what I would call a jewel. Hana and Kei, mixed twins, share a special bond. They are so close they pretend to be one person at times. Their mom, Miya is plagued by memories from Hiroshima and never shares her secret traumas with anyone, including her fatherless daughters. Tortured by her past and constantly reliving her pain, Miya is labelled the town crazy lady and her daughters think she is sick. As the girls get older and their bond begins to sever, one awful n ...more
Jan 1: this book sounds interesting, I'll try it
Jan 2: so jealous my mom is in Hawaii right now
Jan 3: email publisher to see if author could attend book club meeting
Jan 4: WTH happened in that cave? Guess I'll have to stay up late to find out!
Beautiful writing, lush storytelling, this book engaged me right away.
SHADOW CHILD is a dark and twisty story about family, identity, trauma, and inheritance. Part thriller, part family drama, part historical fiction, I was intrigued by the relationship between twin sisters, Kei and Hana, from the very beginning. Although the shifting narrarators made the story lack cohesion at times, I do think the story ultimately landed on its feet because THAT ENDING, GUYS. Solid ⭐⭐⭐ stars for me.