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Above the East China Sea (Pdf or epub) by Sarah Bird

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Above the East China Sea

Sarah Bird À 1 CHARACTERS

I love this book It s beautiful And fascinating The characters are well written and have believable strengths and weaknesses The book is occupied by ghosts spirits maybe as a book that covers WW2 should be but it is not a supernatural or occult book The horrors here are all too eal too man made It offers a perspective on WW2 that I admit I d never considered And some knowledge about Okinawa that is new andunsettling Read it Ten years ago Sarah Bird s Yokota Officer s Club was Ten years ago Sarah Bird s Yokota Officer s Club was of my favorite books She eturns to the world she knows well that of being a military dependent with this stunning original illuminating and multi layered story Two fifteen year old girls both living in Okinawa 70 years apart form the. A Seattle Times Best Book of the YearIn her most ambitious moving and provocative novel to date Sarah Bird makes a stunning departure Above the East China Sea tells the entwined stories of two teenaged girls an American and an Okinawan whose lives are connected across seventy years by the shared experience of profound loss the enduring strength of an ancient culture and the edeeming power of family love Luz James a contemporary US Air Force brat lives with *Her Strictly By The *strictly by the sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base in Okianawa Luz’s older sister her best friend and emotional center has just been killed in the Afghan war Unmoored by her sister’s death and a lifetime of constant moving from base to base Luz turns for the comfort her servic. Nexus of a complex beautifully ealized story encompassing the grief beauty and turbulent history of Okinawa Okinawa was a colony of Japan with its own traditions language and strong spiritual connections The blurb above best describes the plot so I won t go further except to say this is a great ead This is on the top of my favorites list There are two stories that move along uickly I *read it fast the first time to follow the story It carried me along Then and I usually don t *it fast the first time to follow the story It carried me along Then and I usually don t this turned around and ead start to finish immediately again I loved the story both I have a new favorite book of the year Sarah Bird s Above the East China Sea This is one of those deeply satisfying eads that works on many levels E hardened mother cannot offer to the “Smokinawans” the “waste cases”
who gather to 
gather to high every night in a deserted cove When even pills one hitters Cuervo Gold and a growing crush on Jake Furusato aren’t enough to soften the unbearable edge the desolate girl contemplates taking her own lifeIn 1945 Tamiko Kokuba along with two hundred of her classmates is plucked out of her elite girls’ high school and trained to work in the Imperial Army’s horrific cave hospitals With defeat certain Tamiko finds herself to work in the Imperial Army’s horrific cave hospitals With defeat certain Tamiko finds herself between the occupying Japanese and the invading Americans She believes she has lost her entire family as well as the island paradise she so loved and like Luz she aches with a desire to be eunited with her beloved sis. T moves among several settings the US military base on Okinawa in the present day and Okinawa Outside Of The Base Okinawa of the base Okinawa World War II when the Island served as a defensive barrier between Japan and US warships the Okinawan spirit w I almost gave up on this book because it s got a slow start but I am so glad that I stuck with it The payoff was an amazing story that moved me such a happysad ending But eally the best part Reading about a place and time that I know nothing about I love it when a story teaches me something and pushes me to learn I ve already put on hold at the library one of the books that the author mentions as one of her main sources for historical information The Girl with the White Flag. Ter On an island where the spirits of the dead are part of life and your entire clan waits for you *in the afterworld suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace As Luz tracks *the afterworld suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace As Luz tracks the story of her own Okinawan grandmother she discovers that if she surrenders to the most unbrat impulse and allows herself to connect completely with a place and its people the ancestral spirits will save not only Tamiko but her as well Propelled by a riveting narrative and set at the very epicenter of the headline grabbing clash now emerging between the narrative and set at the very epicenter of the headline grabbing clash now emerging between the powers Above the East China Sea is at once a emarkable chronicle of how war shapes the lives of conuerors as well as the conuered and a deeply moving account of family friendship and love that transcends time. .