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?
- "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