A haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast.Twin sisters Hana and Kei grew up in a tiny Hawaiian town in the 1950s and 1960s, so close they shared the same nickname. Raised in dreamlike isolation by their loving but unstable mother, they were fatherless, mixed-race, and utterly inseparable, devoted to one another. But when their cherished threesome with Mama is broken, and then further shattered by a violent, nearly fatal betrayal that neither young woman can forgive, it seems their bond may be severed forever--until, six years later, Kei arrives on Hana's lonely Manhattan doorstep with a secret that will change everything.Told in interwoven narratives that glide seamlessly between the gritty streets of New York, the lush and dangerous landscape of Hawaii, and the horrors of the Japanese internment camps and the bombing of Hiroshima, SHADOW CHILD is set against an epic sweep of history. Volcanos, tsunamis, abandonment, racism, and war form the urgent, unforgettable backdrop of this intimate, evocative, and deeply moving story of motherhood, sisterhood, and second chances....
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Shadow Child Reviews
Mixed feelings on this one;
Style: Is Rizzuto trying for magic realism?
I’m always interested in third-culture perspectives on the world, so it’s a shame that this is irritating me so much
Shadow Child begins with a pair of estranged twins, one in Hawaii and one in New York City. Kei, who lives in Hawaii, journeys across the country to visit her sister, Hana, for an unknown reason, which fills Hana with dread. Yet when Hana gets home, ready to confront Kei, she finds her sister has been attacked, and left unconscious in the bathtub. As Hana cares for her ailing sister, she begins to dredge up their past in an attempt to figure out what brought Kei back into her ...more
This book was about twin sisters..It was a confusing story involving mental illness.The story went from the past and the future.Lillie the mother was in Japan when it was bombed.I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway
What a beautiful story! This is what I would call a jewel. Hana and Kei, mixed twins, share a special bond. They are so close they pretend to be one person at times. Their mom, Miya is plagued by memories from Hiroshima and never shares her secret traumas with anyone, including her fatherless daughters. Tortured by her past and constantly reliving her pain, Miya is labelled the town crazy lady and her daughters think she is sick. As the girls get older and their bond begins to sever, one awful n ...more
Received this ARC from Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MA
Enjoyed reading about Lillie’s life, internment and abduction/resettlement in Japan. Life in Hawaii portrays a less than flattering picture, again, interesting for going against the ‘tourist’ grain.
Relationship between the twins in their early years was fascinating.
I have to agree with previous reviewers that some of the darker issues could have been explained better. The book intimated at the beginning that horrific and damaging incidents oc ...more
I enjoyed how the story was woven. The ending seemed rushed and not quite tied up like I would have liked but overall it was an engaging story
Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto was an engrossing read that held my interest all the way through. The story centers around identical twins, grandchildren of a couple who were incarcerated during WWII in Japanese camps in California, and children of a mother who lived during the time of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The twins grew up in Hawaii, a land of ocean, flowers, and sunshine, but they are shadowed by the past, influenced in subtle and not so subtle ways by their grandparents ...more
SHADOW CHILD is a dark and twisty story about family, identity, trauma, and inheritance. Part thriller, part family drama, part historical fiction, I was intrigued by the relationship between twin sisters, Kei and Hana, from the very beginning. Although the shifting narrarators made the story lack cohesion at times, I do think the story ultimately landed on its feet because THAT ENDING, GUYS. Solid ⭐⭐⭐ stars for me.