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Winner of the Commonwealth Prize for First Fiction, finalist for the Canadian Governor General Award, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize: a rare and haunting debut about memory and murder, the unusual friendship between an aging Japanese-Canadian woman and a young girl desperate to uncover the truth.

When the beautiful Chisako and her lover are found murdered in a park, members of a small Ontario suburb in the 1970s must finally acknowledge certain inescapable truths about one another and the way their community has been shaped by the dark shadow of World War II internment camps. With all the suspense of a psychological thriller, The Electrical Field slowly exposes all those implicated in the murders — particularly Miss Saito, the novel's unreliable narrator, through whom we gradually discover the truth. Like Kazuo Ishiguru in A Pale View of Hills, Kerri Sakamoto invokes a Japanese sense of the relativity of memory and reliability of consciousness. Miss Saito, middle-aged, caring for her elderly, bed-ridden father and her distracted younger brother, on the surface seems to be a passive observer. But her own disturbed past and her craving for an emotional connection will prove to have profound consequences. A masterful and elegant story of passion, memory, and regret, The Electrical Field reaches deep into the past and into Canada's communal response to war. A reading group guide is bound into this paperback edition.

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When the beautiful Chisako and her lover are found murdered in a park, members of a small Ontario suburb in the 1970s must finally acknowledge certain inescapable truths about one another and the way their community has been shaped by the dark shadow of World War II internment camps. With all the suspense of a psychological thriller, The Electrical Field slowly exposes all those implicated in the murders — particularly Miss Saito, the novel's unreliable narrator, through whom we gradually discover the truth. Like Kazuo Ishiguru in A Pale View of Hills, Kerri Sakamoto invokes a Japanese sense of the relativity of memory and reliability of consciousness. Miss Saito, middle-aged, caring for her elderly, bed-ridden father and her distracted younger brother, on the surface seems to be a passive observer. But her own disturbed past and her craving for an emotional connection will prove to have profound consequences. A masterful and elegant story of passion, memory, and regret, The Electrical Field reaches deep into the past and into Canada's communal response to war. A reading group guide is bound into this paperback edition.

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A rare and haunting debut about memory and murder, "The Electrical Field" is about the unusual friendship between an aging Japanese-Canadian woman and a young girl desperate to uncover the truth.

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Kerri Sakamoto is the author of The Electrical Field, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and was nominated for several others, including the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. She received an M.A. in English from New York University, where she also taught undergraduate creative writing. She lives in Toronto.

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WY, May 5, 2014 (view all comments by WY)
Kerri Sakamoto's first book is spectacularly good and incredibly hard to put down. The protagonist Asako finds herself enmeshed in the turmoil after her neighbor Chisako is found murdered along with Chisako's lover. Asako and all of the Japanese Canadian community are reeling from the aftermath of this event and the unspoken yet obvious scars from bring interned in World War II camps. All of the characters are struggling to deal with their trauma and the resulting inability to move forward in order to move into a place of emotional healing and peace.
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9780393320480
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Sakamoto, Kerri
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W. W. Norton & Company
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Japanese
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Psychological
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Historical fiction
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20000631
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328
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8.21x5.49x.82 in. .81 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , When the beautiful Chisako and her lover are found murdered in a park, members of a small Ontario suburb in the 1970s must finally acknowledge certain inescapable truths about one another and the way their community has been shaped by the dark shadow of World War II internment camps. With all the suspense of a psychological thriller, The Electrical Field slowly exposes all those implicated in the murders — particularly Miss Saito, the novel's unreliable narrator, through whom we gradually discover the truth. Like Kazuo Ishiguru in A Pale View of Hills, Kerri Sakamoto invokes a Japanese sense of the relativity of memory and reliability of consciousness. Miss Saito, middle-aged, caring for her elderly, bed-ridden father and her distracted younger brother, on the surface seems to be a passive observer. But her own disturbed past and her craving for an emotional connection will prove to have profound consequences. A masterful and elegant story of passion, memory, and regret, The Electrical Field reaches deep into the past and into Canada's communal response to war. A reading group guide is bound into this paperback edition.
"Synopsis" by , A rare and haunting debut about memory and murder, "The Electrical Field" is about the unusual friendship between an aging Japanese-Canadian woman and a young girl desperate to uncover the truth.
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