April 2009 Indie Next List
“I love, love, love this book! In the spirit of Memoirs of a Geisha, this story of the only commoner to ever to marry into the Japanese royal family is a perfect reading group selection!”
— Linda Grana, Lafayette Book Store, Lafayette, CA
It is 1959 when Haruko marries the Crown Prince of Japan. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman to accept the marriage proposal of her son, with consequences both tragic and dramatic.
About the Author
JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ is the author of the novels "Claire Marvel," "Bicycle Days," and "Reservation Road," which was made into a motion picture based on his screenplay, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Connelly. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including the" New York Times" and "The New Yorker," He lives with his wife and their son in Brooklyn, New York.