By Julie Wu
“Clear your time table! The 3rd Son is your subsequent obsessive learn. Julie Wu’s publication reads like an quick classic.” ―Lydia Netzer, writer of Shine Shine Shine
In the center of a terrifying air raid in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Saburo, the least-favored son of a Taiwanese flesh presser, runs via a wooded area for defense. It’s there he stumbles on Yoshiko, whose descriptions of her loving family members are to Saburo like a glimpse of paradise. assembly her is a second he'll take into account eternally, and for years he'll attempt to locate her back. whilst he eventually does, she is by way of the aspect of his oldest brother and maximum rival.
In Saburo, writer Julie Wu has created a rare personality, decided to struggle for every little thing he wants and needs, from meals to schooling to his old flame. The 3rd Son is a gleaming and relocating tale a few younger boy along with his head within the clouds who, opposed to all odds, reveals himself at the frontier of America’s area program.
“An beautiful coming-of-age tale jam-packed with shiny historic detail.” ―The Christian technology Monitor
“A boy starting to be up in Japanese-occupied Taiwan within the Nineteen Forties will do something to flee his tormenting kin and reconnect along with his past love during this compelling paintings of fiction.” ―O: The Oprah Magazine
“Deceptively easy, deeply compelling . . . An surprisingly lousy sibling contention, a stunningly natural and encouraging love story.” ―The Boston Globe
“Wu provides an captivating tale that hits all of the correct emotional buttons and keeps readers’ empathy from the 1st web page to the last.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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