Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie is a Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller. Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale, commended the book writing how it is a "lovely, heartrending story about love and loss, prejudice and pain, and the sometimes dangerous, always durable ties that link a family together."
In the year 1948, in Kyoto, Japan, an eight-year-old Noriko "Nori" Kamiza received her first lessonー"Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist." These are the last words her mother left her, but all she can do is relive her voice in her head and dare not to speak of what she said. Not once was she given a chance to speak for herself. Nori is forced to feel content with the way her grandparents treat herーconfining her in an attic and even forcing her to take chemical baths just so that her skin would lighten.
Nori became an outsider the moment her mother had her. Nori's father is an African-American GI, making her parents' relationship a disgrace to their family. There came a time when she was left with no one else to take care of her than her grandparents. However, they only took her in to protect their family name. They have become desperate enough to do everything it takes not to stain their royal pedigree as a citizen of a changing Japan. Despite knowing how everyone left her in the dark, aching to know everything about the world, she still chose to obey and accept the life given to her.
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