Fukushima Dreams

A gripping literary thriller set in post-tsunami Japan, where a missing child continues to haunt his parents long after the waves have receded.

Sachiko and her husband Harry live in a village on the North-east coast of Japan. They are both struggling to adapt to life as new parents to their infant son Tashi.

In the aftermath of the tsunami, Sachiko wakes alone. Her family is missing. She begins a desperate search until radiation fallout from the Fukushima plant forces her to leave the area. She moves to Tokyo, and a different life. 

Harry has fled to a refuge on an isolated mountain, abandoning his family. He lives there, haunted by guilt and hovering on the edge of sanity.

Will they find each other and confront the question of their missing son?

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About the author

Zelda Rhiando's first novel Caposcripti won the Kidwell eBook award, sold out four print editions, and was an Amazon bestseller. She is a founder of the Brixton BookJam, the quarterly literary event that has hosted readings by established and emerging writers since 2012. She regularly reads her work at book events and festivals and has been featured on Radio 4 and BBC London.

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Why We Like It

  • "A harrowing tale of the failure of cross-cultural relationships." - Kit Fraser
  • "Rhiando has managed to capture the pace and anticipation of a thriller and successfully combined it with the compassion and emotional pain of a Toni Morrison...Heartbreaking stuff." - Patrick Kelly, Bookmongers
  • "Half real, half dream, this Japan-set novel is so subtly constructed with screens between and within characters, that are gradually slid open to reveal strange depths and a shocking truth." - Tim Pears, author

Zelda Rhiando is a Dublin writer who has spent most of her life in London.

Her first novel Caposcripti was self-published in 2012, and went on to win the Kidwell eBook award. Described as ‘brilliantly chilling’ (Martin Millar) Caposcripti sold out four print editions, and was an Amazon bestseller. The audio version of the book has had over 57,000 listens on SoundCloud.com.

Zelda travelled to Japan to research her second novel Fukushima Dreams, published by Unbound, and is currently working on a third, Good Morning Mr Magpie.

She is a founder of the Brixton BookJam, the quarterly literary event that has hosted readings by established and emerging writers since 2012. She regularly reads her work at book events and festivals and has been featured on Radio 4 and BBC London.

Zelda lives in Brixton, with her husband and two daughters. When not writing she can be found child-wrangling and making digital products.

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