Anshu: Dark Sorrow (a novel)
Author: Juliet S. Kono | Paperback
Winner of the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award for Excellence in Literature.
Based on historical events, Anshu is a tale of passion and human triumph in the face of extraordinary adversity, spanning the cane fields of Hawaiʻi and the devastation in Hiroshima. A pregnant, unmarried Hilo teenager, Himiko Aoki, finds her Hawaiʻi Japanese American identity clashing with Japan's cultural norms when she is sent to live with relatives in Tokyo in 1941 and becomes trapped there with the outbreak of war. When America drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Himiko finds herself adapting in unexpected ways just to survive.
This publication was made possible with support from the Cooke Foundation, the Mayor's Office of Culture & the Arts (MOCA), the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).