Summer of the Big Bachi

ISBN-10: 0440241545
ISBN-13: 9780440241546
Edition: N/A
Authors: Naomi Hirahara
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Description: In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.99
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi—the spirit of retribution—is knocking on his door. It begins when a stranger comes around, asking questions about a nurseryman who once lived in Hiroshima, a man known as Joji Haneda. By the end of the summer, Joji will be dead and Mas’s own life will be in danger. For while Mas was building a life on the edge of the American dream, he has kept powerful secrets: about three friends long ago, about two lives entwined, and about what really happened when the bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945. A spellbinding mystery played out from war-torn Japan to the rich tidewaters of L.A.’s multicultural landscape, this stunning debut novel weaves a powerful tale of family, loyalty, and the price of both survival and forgiveness. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Naomi Hirahara is a freelance writer and journalist who served for several years as an editor ofThe Rafu Shimpo, the largest Japanese American daily newspaper. She is the author of two previous Mas Arai mysteries,Gasa-Gasa GirlandSummer of the Big Bachi, named one of "The Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2004" by the Chicago Tribune and a Publishers Weekly "Best Books of 2004" pick.

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