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    A fascinating, compelling and movig read

    It isn't often that a book draws me in to such a great degree, but from the moment I picked up Shimotakahara's After the Bloom, I was thoroughly absorbed in it, both in the compelling and tragic account of the internment camp, and the modern-day story dealing with Lily's disappearance. The author seamlessly moves between the two time periods, showing her mastery of language with her unique ability to paint scenes and detail emotions so clearly. The descriptions of the time in the internment camp are vivid and haunting - required reading for all of us who have never been told about this sad and important part of our history. Shimotakahara deftly recounts the past, and ties it together to the present in a wonderful, descriptive and very moving book, making me want to learn more, both about the history itself and the characters she has created. Shimotakahara is one to watch, for sure.
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    beautiful

    Beautifully written. Meticulously researched. A riveting read,
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    related to my own

    The parent-child struggle at the centre of this novel was easy for me to relate to. I learned a lot by reading this novel,
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