Fifty Words for Rain

Fifty Words for Rain is an engaging story of love, loss, prejudice and survival.  Noriko is abandoned at her ruthless grandparent’s home, only to be hidden away in the attic for years.  The biracial child is a scorn on the royal line of this family.  Not until her brother suddenly appears does Noriko find any joy in life. Together they bond and find a way to endure the wishes of the grandmother.  As the years go on and tragedy occurs, Noriko finds herself sold to a geisha house.  She learns to survive and eventually makes her way in the world only to return to Kyoto and face the family who abandoned her.

This is a debut novel and as one reviewer wrote, this book could have been titled Fifty words for Grit.  Our heroine certainly showed that!  Good novel!