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"A brave, compassionate, and heart-wrenching memoir of one woman's quest to redeem the past while learning to live fully in the present."—Kate Moses, author of Cakewalk, A Memoir and Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath

In June 2001 Rahna Reiko Rizzuto went to Hiroshima in search of a deeper understanding of her war-torn heritage. She planned to spend six months there, interviewing the few remaining survivors of the atomic bomb. A mother of two young boys, she was encouraged to go by her husband, who quickly became disenchanted by her absence.

It is her first solo life adventure, immediately exhilarating for her, but her research starts off badly. Interviews with the hibakusha feel rehearsed, and the survivors reveal little beyond published accounts. Then the attacks on September 11 change everything. The survivors' carefully constructed memories are shattered, causing them to relive their agonizing experiences and to open up to Rizzuto in astonishing ways.

Separated from family and country while the world seems to fall apart, Rizzuto's marriage begins to crumble as she wrestles with her ambivalence about being a wife and mother. Woven into the story of her own awakening are the stories of Hiroshima in the survivors' own words. The parallel narratives explore the role of memory in our lives and show how memory is not history but a story we tell ourselves to explain who we are.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto's highly acclaimed first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award in 2000. She is a faculty member in the MFA in creative writing program at Goddard College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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A writer encounters Hiroshimas survivors at the original Ground Zero as 9/11 changes her marriage and family back home.

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In this National Book Critics Award finalist memoir, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto wrestles with the most personal and epic issues of our time. In June 2001 she travels to Hiroshima to interview survivors of the atomic bomb, while her husband and two young sons remain in New York. But initial interviews feel rehearsed, and the survivors reveal little beyond already published accounts. Then September 11 changes everything. The vulnerability exposed by the attacks shatters the survivor's carefully constructed narratives. They open up to Rizzuto in astonishing ways, describing in detail their agonizing experiences.

Separated from family as her world seems to be falling apart, Rizzuto sees her marriage begin to crumble as she questions her role as a wife and mother. The parallel narratives of Hiroshima in the survivors' own words, and of Rizzuto's personal awakening, show memory not as history, but as a story we tell ourselves to explain who we are.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto's highly acclaimed first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award in 2000. She is a faculty member in the MFA in creative writing program at Goddard College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Author

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto: Rahna Reiko Rizzutos highly acclaimed first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award in 2000, and was praised by the New York Times as “ambitious, lyrical, and intriguing.” She is a recipient of the US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which inspired her memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning; she is also the associate editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City; and she is a faculty member in the MFA in creative writing program at Goddard College where she teaches fiction and nonfiction. Her essays and short stories have appeared in journals and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and the Crab Creek Review, and in anthologies including Mothers Who Think, Because I Said So, and Topography of War. Rizzuto is half-Japanese/half-Caucasian. She grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and now lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781558616677
Author:
Rizzuto, Rahna
Publisher:
Feminist Press
Author:
Rizzuto, Rahna Reiko
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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A writer encounters Hiroshimas survivors at the original Ground Zero as 9/11 changes her marriage and family back home.
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In this National Book Critics Award finalist memoir, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto wrestles with the most personal and epic issues of our time. In June 2001 she travels to Hiroshima to interview survivors of the atomic bomb, while her husband and two young sons remain in New York. But initial interviews feel rehearsed, and the survivors reveal little beyond already published accounts. Then September 11 changes everything. The vulnerability exposed by the attacks shatters the survivor's carefully constructed narratives. They open up to Rizzuto in astonishing ways, describing in detail their agonizing experiences.

Separated from family as her world seems to be falling apart, Rizzuto sees her marriage begin to crumble as she questions her role as a wife and mother. The parallel narratives of Hiroshima in the survivors' own words, and of Rizzuto's personal awakening, show memory not as history, but as a story we tell ourselves to explain who we are.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto's highly acclaimed first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award in 2000. She is a faculty member in the MFA in creative writing program at Goddard College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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