Jay Rubin - The Sun Gods

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Co-Sponsored by the Japan Society of Northern California

In The Sun Gods, arriving in Seattle on the eve of World War II, Japanese-born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and becomes surrogate mother to his fair-haired American toddler, Bill. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor strains the newly formed family as U.S. government mandates and Tom’s growing discomfort with all things Japanese force Mitsuko and young Bill to leave Seattle and Tom behind for the Minidoka Internment Camp, unsure if they will ever return.

Two decades later, memories of Minidoka and long-lost Mitsuko haunt Bill, sparking an arduous journey that leads him from Seattle’s International District to newly reconstructed Japan to find his Japanese mother and learn the truth about their shared past.

Jay Rubin, an American scholar and academic, is one of the foremost translators of Japanese literature. He has translated several works of fiction by popular novelist Haruki Murakami and is compiling an anthology of contemporary Japanese literature for Penguin. Rubin received his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of Chicago and taught at Harvard University and the University of Washington.

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
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$15.00
ISBN: 9781634059503
Availability: Special Order
Published: Chin Music - June 9th, 2015

Arriving in Seattle on the eve of World War II, Japanese-born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and becomes surrogate mother to his fair-haired American toddler, Bill. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor strains the newly formed family as U.S.