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The Storm We Made: A Novel

The Storm We Made: A Novel

"It’s rare to see an author humanize historical tragedy with as much deft and grace as Vanessa Chan does here. Breaking through the abundance of European and American-centric World War II novels, The Storm We Made shines a spotlight on English and Japanese-occupied Malaysia, an area of the world that is oft-overlooked in our historical consciousness. As the story shuttles back and forth between characters, exposing hidden horrors and forcing difficult choices,  we’re left wondering who will survive the brutality - and what will come next?"

Melissa S.

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Author Vanessa Chan
Publisher S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books
Publication Date 2024-01-02
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Melissa S.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781668015148

* A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK * One of the most anticipated books of 2024 (Oprah Daily), this spellbinding, sweeping novel features a Malayan mother who becomes an unlikely spy for the invading Japanese forces during WWII—with shocking consequences for her family, and her country.

Malaya, 1945. Cecily Alcantara’s family is in terrible danger: her fifteen-year-old son, Abel, has disappeared, and her youngest daughter, Jasmin, is confined in a basement to prevent being pressed into service at the comfort stations. Her eldest daughter Jujube, who works at a tea house frequented by drunk Japanese soldiers, becomes angrier by the day.

Cecily knows two things: that this is all her fault; and that her family must never learn the truth.

A decade prior, Cecily had been desperate to be more than a housewife to a low-level bureaucrat in British-colonized Malaya. A chance meeting with the charismatic General Fuijwara lured her into a life of espionage, pursuing dreams of an “Asia for Asians.” Instead, Cecily helped usher in an even more brutal occupation by the Japanese. Ten years later as the war reaches its apex, her actions have caught up with her. Now her family is on the brink of destruction—and she will do anything to save them.

Spanning years of pain and triumph, told from the perspectives of four unforgettable characters, The Storm We Made is a dazzling saga about the horrors of war; the fraught relationships between the colonized and their oppressors, and the ambiguity of right and wrong when survival is at stake.

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