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For the next seven years, Chizuru is institutionalized. Her father visits her just twice before ultimately disowning her. Upon release, Chizuru flees Japan for a new identity and life in the United States. Determined to outrun her murderous past, she renames herself Rio, graduates from nursing school, marries a loving man, and soon has a daughter. But when a mysterious package arrives on her doorstep in Boulder, Colorado, announcing the death of her father, Rio feels compelled to return to Japan for the first time in 20 years, leaving her husband and her daughter confused and bereft. Going back to her homeland, and to the scene of her complicated past, feels like stepping into a strange and familiar dream. When she unexpectedly reconnects with Miss Danny, who had been her beloved teacher at the time of the stabbing, long-kept secrets are unearthed, forcing Rio to confront her past in ways she never imagined, and to decide if she will reveal to her family who she once was.
Full of atmospheric and illuminating descriptions of Japan and its culture, Pull Me Under is an affecting exploration of home, identity, and the limits of forgiveness. Kelly Luce has written a bold and psychologically complex first novel that grips and dazzles from start to finish.
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By Amazon Customer on 03-07-17
What did you like best about Pull Me Under? What did you like least?
This book had some potential but it really fell flat. I liked the plot to begin with, but I left wanting more so it didn't really satisfy the soul. The story is sweet but scattered. The ending left a lot of loose ends. Does she make amends with her husband? Is she more confident which who she is? Does she take the metaphorical mask off?
What do you think your next listen will be?
A Gamblers Anatomy
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy McFadden?
I'm not sure. She was so far my least favorite narrator.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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