Lee Langley's bewitching story of lost hope and thwarted love opens where Puccini's opera ends; with Madame Butterfly - Cho-Cho-San - handing over her beloved son to his American father before killing herself. In America Joey grows up torn between two cultures, haunted, like his parents, by their memories of what really happened on that fateful day.
But just as Joey's fate is inextricably linked with the country of his birth, so too is the fate of America, and both of their paths will ultimately lead to Nagasaki.
Langley's detailed descriptions of war blaze with brilliance
A compelling portrait of a man in search of his lost self
Beautifully written and vividly imagined, this is an impressive achievement
Lee Langley's big, ambitious new novel is a riveting read... and a deeply moving human story
A lovely novel... fragile and beautiful and so finely wrought