Lotus Blossom Unfurling


Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: Adelaide Books (May 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-7320742-1-7
ISBN-10: 1-7320742-1-6
Product Dimensions:  6 x 1 x 9 inches
Price: $23.20 Paperback, $9.77 eBook


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Following WWII, Japan is broken and in ruins, the people are starving. Nobuko Ito, a Japanese-American trapped in Japan by the war, and temporarily denied the right to return to her home in California, decides to remain in Japan after learning both her parents have died. She marries Masato Abi, a veteran of the war in New Guinea.  In Nishimi once again, Nobuko’s new mother-in-law, Mrs. Abi, and her old nemesis, Yoko Yoshida, make things difficult for her. Fortunately, she soon forms a friendship with Chieko Katsuragawa, Hirotaka Katsuragawa’s young bride.

Meanwhile, back in America, Keiko Ugawa and her father return to Portland, Oregon, after their release from Camp Minidoka in Idaho, where they spent three years behind barbed-wire with nearly ten-thousand other Japanese-Americans. Back in Portland, they face suspicion and ‘No Japs’ signs. In Idaho, Virginia Franconi marries John Sato, and together, with Virginia’s brother Marc, turn the old farm into one of the state’s biggest and most prosperous. 

Back in Japan, Nobuko is saddened by her failure to become pregnant. Masato surprises her with tickets to America, where they are to witness the marriage of Nobuko’s brother, Mako, to Keiko Ugawa, who had met at Camp Minidoka. The wedding is to take place on the Sato-Franconi farm.  While there, Nobuko and Masato learn that the reclusive Mrs. Sato in Nishimi is John Sato’s mother. Two men from the FBI appear to tell John of his father’s existence in a Russian Gulag.

LOTUS BLOSSOM UNFURLING fills in the years and unites the families from my two previous novels, ECHOES FROM A FALLING BRIDGE and HARVEST THE WIND. All three are a tribute to my love for and respect of the Japanese culture, and to the many friends I made while living in Japan.




Although a west-coaster by birth, marriage, and preference, I’ve lived in many places, including nearly four years in Japan. That rich experience led me to write Echoes from a Falling Bridge, Harvest the Wind, and Lotus Blossom Unfurling. 









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