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The Storm We Made

The Storm We Made

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* 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.

Author: Vanessa Chan
Publisher: S&s/ Marysue Rucci Books
Published: 01/02/2024
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.20w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9781668015148

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2023 pg. 5
Publishers Weekly 10/02/2023
Kirkus Reviews 10/15/2023
Booklist 11/01/2023 pg. 34
Shelf Awareness 01/05/2024
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