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 lives with her husband, Harry, and infant son, Tashi, in a small village on the North-eastern coast of Japan. When their village is hit by the 2011 tsunami, she awakes to find her family are missing. After a fruitless search she, like many others, is forced to leave the area due to radiation fallout. She moves to Tokyo, and a different life.

Harry had already planned to leave. He uses the disaster as a cover, and flees to a mountain refuge. He lives there, hovering on the border of sanity and haunted by the spirit of their son. Winter sets in, and eventually he is forced to return. 

Neither can hide from the ghosts of the past...

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

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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