Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc. (November 4, 2014)
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review
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What if you could rewrite a tragedy? What if you could give grace to someone’s greatest mistake?
A powerful and affecting story of a couple dealing with terminal illness as a typhoon strikes a hamlet in southern Japan.
Every so often you encounter a story that profoundly touches you, leaving you speechless and breathless, for me Fog Island Mountains affected me greatly.
This incredible story is forceful and profound, definitely staying with you for quite some time leaving you lost in thought while you ponder various questions. An intimate novella addressing terminal illness, grief, multiracial families, relationships and of course the art of storytelling. My reading experience left me stunned as all the topics presented ran parallel to my life in some fashion. Absorbing from the start, the intensity grows with each turn of the page as the narrative was explored along with the compelling characters.
I found an immediate connection with each character. Alec’s mortality is heartbreaking. His mental and emotional journey touched me greatly. I read from a distance as to not serve judgement on Kanae’s choices and behavior. I’ll stick to the thought her love for Alec was so profound she was beyond comprehension along with denial causing her missteps. As we go through the motions with this couple reliving their past, hoping for do over’s, accepting the choices made it is extremely tender. Hearing the voices of their children and their individual predicaments provided dimension and yet another layer of emotional intensity. Azami’s interpretation is key in the entire story.
I found the array and varied subjects extremely well done with a delicate hand not lacking strength. The messages this novella delivers are vital and plausible.
Jones created a wonderfully provoking story penetrating the readers emotions with vigor. An unforgettable story, if you have suffered a loss of any kind no doubt you will appreciate this story, let this story serve as one of the ways it was intended, as a reminder of the dangers of action taken in grief. Highly recommend this impassioned piece of literature. Beautiful and merciless, unforgettable.
Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. Her novel Fog Island Mountains won the Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction in New York City. She translated Charles Ferdinand Ramuz s 1927 Swiss classic Beauty on Earth. She is the reviews editor at the web journal Necessary Fiction, and her fiction, poetry, translations, and criticism have appeared in a number of journals, including the Kenyon Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Quarterly Conversation, PANK, Spolia Mag, Two Serious Ladies, and the Atticus Review. Michelle lives in Switzerland.
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