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Ects herself to an interview gradually revealing a fifty year old murder and its shattering aftermath And in the last days of a doomed war a prodigal son who enlisted against his parents' wishes survives the American invasion of his island outpost only to be asked for a sacrifice daunting than any he imagined We re not separate from our histories This is a brave and bold debut from Japanese born Asako Serizawa In a series of inter connected stories that follow various generations of the same family moving back and forwards in time it s a novel than stories Covering a period of something like 150 years and moving between the US to where one member of the family emigrated and Japan the characters in each generation find themselves addressing the same uestions of identity and history How are we shaped by the past and who controls the narrative of history The book covers many issues that define US Japanese and Korean relationships and it isn t afraid to tackle some weighty issues head on But it is always in terms of family as the title refers One particular section Pavilion involves two brothers discussing Borges short story The Garden of Forking Paths and this is I think vital to understanding the structure and intent of the book One of them describing a novel that is part of the short story comments on the concept of diverging converging crisscrossing or simply running parallel across a vast endless labyrinth of time As Serizawa weaves her story in a non linear fashion the reader has to pay attention to the relationships between characters and this idea of crisscrossing stories The final couple of sections move us into the future of the mid 2030s with the next generation of the family coping with a very different worldIndeed for me these last two sections didn t uite sit as well as the rest of the book ending with a sort of sci fi feel that slightly jarred against what had been until then a wonderfully crafted book Despite this however Serizawa has announced herself as a writer worth watching and this is a terrific intelligent kind of book that fully deserves to be read Can t uite give it 5 stars but a notable 45 stars for sure Enjoyable and thought provoking

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Spanning than years and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss imperialism and warWritten from myriad perspectives and in a wide range of styles each of these inter A stunning and magnificent book about World War II in Japan and America that everyone should read Serizawa s writing is beautiful brash and wholly enthralling as she charts the emotions and reactions and relationships that touch on one Japanese family over many generations Serizawa s tiny details a sense or proportion and the ability to write unflinchingly about horror and trauma make this book outstanding

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Connected stories is designed to speak to the others contesting assumptions and illuminating the complicated ways we experience interpret and pass on our personal and shared histories A retired doctor for example is forced to confront the horrific moral conseuences of his wartime actions An elderly woman subj Why do I keep choosing to read such hard books books that wring my heart cause my eyes to burn and challenge my comfort with things I wish I did not knowIn this case my husband heard of the book on the radio and recommended I look into it It was publication day but I was granted my reuest for the galleyI really had little idea of the Japanese people s WWII experiences other than America s internment camps and the effect of the Atom bomb The war divided families soldiers endured horrors and then were pariahs women sold their bodies to put food on the table doctors were forced to perform horrible experiments for the war effort Extraordinary and profound Inheritors encapsulates a family s history over generations You won t be the same after reading itI received a free egalley from the publisher through NetGalley My review is fair and unbiased


10 thoughts on “Inheritors

  1. says:

    Rating 5🍌Growing up a young Monkey in the United States history and especially World War II was presented in b

  2. says:

    The writing in these connected stories was generally insightful precise and illuminating Often it was also confusing They cover a period from approximately 1913 to 2035 but they are not arranged in chronological order The style and tone of the stories vary Subjects include Japanese colonialism forced prostitution American

  3. says:

    A stunning and magnificent book about World War II in Japan and America that everyone should read Serizawa's writing is beautiful brash and wholly enthralling as she charts the emotions and reactions and relationships that touch on one Japanese family over many generations Serizawa's tiny details a sense or prop

  4. says:

    Why do I keep choosing to read such hard books books that wring my heart cause my eyes to burn and challenge my comfort with things I wish I did not knowIn this case my husband heard of the book on the radio and recommended I look into it It w

  5. says:

    Inheritors is an ambitious debut book and that is a good thing It spans 150 years—five generations of a Japanese family starting in 2013 and ending in the imagined future of 2035 The setting changes from occupied Japan t

  6. says:

    This is a book of linked short stories all having to do with a Japanese American family from 1913 to 2035 Much of it concerns the Japanese in the war and the aftermath of their war The stories are not in chronolo

  7. says:

    'We're not separate from our histories'This is a brave and bold debut from Japanese born Asako Serizawa In a series of inter connected stories that follow various generations of the same family moving back and forwards in time it's a novel than stories Covering a period of something like 150 years and moving between the US to where

  8. says:

    Inheritors by Asako Serizawa is a collection of interconnected stories that span over a century from the turn of the 20th century to the near future Most of the stories focus on members of a Japanese family and center of impact of World War II We see characters living in Japan before the war and during the war and their descendan

  9. says:

    The Inheritors while contemplative and personal is really a commentary about the Twentieth Century and what that means for humanity now Like punctuated snapshots in a a family album it is told from the perspective of various members of a Japanese and Japanese American family in the form of loosely connected short stories It marks a rise of hope and progress thanks to things like increased democracy opening of cultures and scientific advan

  10. says:

    This book shows the complexity of Japanese history of the generational trauma of atomic bombings and Japanese imperialist war crimes through the beautifully written stories of a family line I loved diving into the Japanese diaspora and mixed Japanese Americans coming to terms with this history and their own colonialism