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The Commoner (Vintage Contemporaries)


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ISBN13: 9781400096053
ISBN10: 1400096057
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In 1959, a young woman, Haruko, marries the Crown Prince of Japan. She is the first nonaristocratic woman to enter the mysterious, hermetic monarchy. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress, Haruko is controlled at every turn, suffering a nervous breakdown after finally giving birth to a son. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman to accept the marriage proposal of her son, with tragic consequences. Based on extensive research, The Commoner is a stunning novel about a brutally rarified and controlled existence, and the complex relationship between two isolated women who are truly understood only by each other.

About the Author

John Burnham Schwartz is the author of the novels Claire Marvel, Bicycle Days and Reservation Road, which was made into a motion picture based on his screenplay, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Connelly. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and his writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Boston Globe, and Vogue. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.

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Teacher_reads, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Teacher_reads)
Great story, well written. I have really enjoyed the story.
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Schwartz, John Burnh
Vintage Books
Schwartz, John Burnham
Historical fiction
Women -- Japan.
Literature-A to Z
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Vintage Contemporaries
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8 x 5.1 x 0.75 in 0.6 lb

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