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SARAH BIRD - Above the East China Sea
Thursday, May 29 at 7PM
Above the East China Sea
|We're thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite authors (and a good friend of the store's), Sarah Bird, with her new novel set on the island of Okinawa today and during World War II. Bird tells the entwined stories of two teenage girls-an American and an Okinawan-whose lives are connected across 70 years by the shared experience of both profound loss and renewal. The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Above the East China Sea from BookPeople.|
|Above the East China Sea is the Statesman Selects pick of the month!|
The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are required to join the signing line at this event.
Set on the island of Okinawa today and during World War II, this deeply moving and evocative novel tells the entwined stories of two teenage girls-an American and an Okinawan-whose lives are connected across 70 years by the shared experience of both profound loss and renewal.
Luz, a contemporary U.S. Air Force brat, lives with her no-nonsense sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base. Luz's older sister, her best friend and emotional center, has died in the Afghan war. Unmoored by her death, unable to lean on her mother, Luz contemplates taking her own life. In 1945, Tamiko has lost everyone-the older sister she idolized and her entire family-and finds herself trapped between the occupying Japanese and the invading Americans whom she has been taught are demons that live to rape. On an island where the spirits of the dead are part of life and the afterworld reunites you with your family, suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace. As Luz tracks down the story of her own Okinawan grandmother, she discovers that the ancestral spirits work as readily to save her as they do to help Tamiko find a resting place. And as these two stories unfold and intertwine, we see how war and American occupation have shaped and reshaped the lives of Okinawans.
SARAH BIRD is the author of seven previous novels, including The Flamenco Academy and The Yokota Officers Club. Bird has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers series; a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember list. She has written screenplays for Paramount, CBS, Warner Bros, National Geographic, ABC, TNT, Hemdale Studio, and several independent producers. She has contributed articles to The New York Times, Salon, O Magazine, and is a columnist for Texas Monthly. Sarah, who moved all over the world growing up with her air force family, lives in Austin, Texas, where she performs her own material regularly at the Hyde Park Theatre.
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