In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow
by Kenneth W Harmon
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 1 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 26 Oct 2020
Kenneth W Harmon, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
When bombardier Micah Lund dies on a mission over Hiroshima, his spirit remains trapped in the land of his enemies. Dazed, he follows Kiyomi Oshiro, a war widow struggling to care for her young daughter, Ai. Food is scarce, work at the factory is brutal, and her in-laws treat her like a servant. Watching Kiyomi and Ai together, Micah reconsiders his tolerance for the people he'd called the enemy. As his concern for the mother and daughter grows, so does his guilt for his part in their suffering. Micah finds a new reality when Kiyomi and Ai dream--one which allows him to interact with them. While his feelings for Kiyomi deepen, imminent destruction looms. Hiroshima is about to be bombed, and Micah must warn Kiyomi and her daughter. In place where dreams are real, Micah races against time to save the ones he loves the most. In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is a tale about love in its most extraordinary forms--forgiveness, sacrifice, and perseverance against impossible odds.
“This is an extraordinarily imaginative and compelling exploration of love, death, race, and patriotism with countless unusual twists to keep the reader guessing. Thorough research and stylish execution make for a striking tour de force.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is gentle, hopeful, and thoroughly engrossing. It offers a very different approach to the Japanese experience and American encounters in World War II in a powerful saga that takes the time to explore the cultures, psyches, and war-torn hearts of the times.”
—D. Donovan, Senior Editor, Midwest Book Review
“A tremendously visual, enthralling and thought-provoking read, In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is sure to win Harmon a host of enthusiastic followers and is recommended without reservation.”
“To say it is a remarkable story would be a complete understatement and I find myself struggling to express the impact this novel had on me, and the impact it is likely to elicit from everyone who reads it.”
“I got lost in the poetic, lyrical quality of the writing, enveloped by the story, and felt if I closed my eyes I could imagine myself in Hiroshima. The narrative is lush, evocative, and surrounds the reader with the beauty of Japan and its cultural history.” I give this book (a rare) 5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is a breathtaking spiritual journey that will cause you to reconsider your view of those in the world around you and make you think more deeply about how we all treat one another.” ★★★★★
“A fascinating, heartbreaking read and a beautifully human balance to the often heavily militarized view of the war.”
—San Francisco Book Review
“A sensitive restrained and deeply affecting tale of love under extreme duress and conflict. In the end, I found myself turning the pages compulsively.” (5 stars)
“A Touching and important story.”
—Laila Ibrahim Amazon bestselling author of Paper Wife
“This powerful story of guilt, suffering, and sacrifice transitions into a beautiful tale of otherworldly love while gifting readers with unique insight into Japanese culture.”
“To read this marvelous book is to steep yourself in a magic realism narrative that is a fantastical imagining by author Kenneth W. Harmon.”
—Nina Romano, Ippy Award-winning author of The Secret Language of Women and The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley
“A compelling and thought provoking novel, indeed!” (5 Stars)
In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow has been featured in Kirkus Magazine, and will be listed in other marketing programs such as PW Select. The author is available for interviews, blog posts, and podcasts. He can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.