Happy 22nd day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! I’m sharing an AAPI book a day that I want to read. Today is also my birthday, so as a gift to myself I’m allowing an exception and today’s featured book is by Japanese author Mariko Nagai, who spent many years living in the States. I am a fan of her work, so I’m especially looking forward to her new novel coming out later this year.
Under the Broken Sky by Mariko Nagai won’t be out until October of this year, but is available for pre-order.
From the publisher:
Twelve-year-old Natsu and her family live a quiet farm life in Manchuria, near the border of the Soviet Union. But the life they’ve known begins to unravel when her father is recruited to the Japanese army, and Natsu and her little sister, Asa, are left orphaned and destitute.
In a desperate move to keep her sister alive, Natsu sells Asa to a Russian family following the 1945 Soviet occupation. The journey to redemption for Natsu’s broken family is rife with struggles, but Natsu is tenacious and will stop at nothing to get her little sister back.
Literary and historically insightful, this is one of the great untold stories of WWII. Much like the Newbery Honor book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Mariko Nagai’s Under the Broken Sky is powerful, poignant, and ultimately hopeful.