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Above the East China Sea

Sarah Bird

Set on the island of Okinawa today and during World War II, this deeply moving and evocative novel tells the entwined stories of two teenage girls-an American and an Okinawan-whose lives are connected across 70 years by the shared experience of both profound loss and renewal. Luz, a contemporary U.S. Air Force brat, lives with her no-nonsense sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base. Luz's older sister, her best friend and emotional center, has died in the Afghan war. Unmoored by her death, unable to lean on her mother, Luz contemplates taking her own life. In l945, Tamiko has lost everyone-the older sister she idolized and her entire family-and finds herself trapped between the occupying Japanese and the invading Americans whom she has been taught are demons that live to rape. On an island where the spirits of the dead are part of life and the afterworld reunites you with your family, suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace. As Luz tracks down the story of her own Okinawan grandmother, she discovers that the ancestral spirits work as readily to save her as they do to help Tamiko find a resting place. And as these two stories unfold and intertwine, we see how war and American occupation have shaped and reshaped the lives of Okinawans.

Set on the island of Okinawa today and during World War II, this deeply moving and evocative novel tells the entwined stories of two teenage girls-an American and an Okinawan-whose lives are connected across 70 years by the shared experience of both profound loss and renewal. Luz, a contemporary U.S. Air Force brat, lives with her no-nonsense sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base. Luz's older sister, her best friend and emotional center, has died in the Afghan war. Unmoored by her death, unable to lean on her mother, Luz contemplates taking her own life. In l945, Tamiko has lost everyone-the older sister she idolized and her entire family-and finds herself trapped between the occupying Japanese and the invading Americans whom she has been taught are demons that live to rape. On an island where the spirits of the dead are part of life and the afterworld reunites you with your family, suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace. As Luz tracks down the story of her own Okinawan grandmother, she discovers that the ancestral spirits work as readily to save her as they do to help Tamiko find a resting place. And as these two stories unfold and intertwine, we see how war and American occupation have shaped and reshaped the lives of Okinawans.
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Genres:

Humor

Description:

Set on the island of Okinawa today and during World War II, this deeply moving and evocative novel tells the entwined stories of two teenage girls-an American and an Okinawan-whose lives are connected across 70 years by the shared experience of both profound loss and renewal. Luz, a contemporary U.S. Air Force brat, lives with her no-nonsense sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base. Luz's older sister, her best friend and emotional center, has died in the Afghan war. Unmoored by her death, unable to lean on her mother, Luz contemplates taking her own life. In l945, Tamiko has lost everyone-the older sister she idolized and her entire family-and finds herself trapped between the occupying Japanese and the invading Americans whom she has been taught are demons that live to rape. On an island where the spirits of the dead are part of life and the afterworld reunites you with your family, suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace. As Luz tracks down the story of her own Okinawan grandmother, she discovers that the ancestral spirits work as readily to save her as they do to help Tamiko find a resting place. And as these two stories unfold and intertwine, we see how war and American occupation have shaped and reshaped the lives of Okinawans.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ali Ahn, Tandy Cronyn, Graham Halstead

Length:

14h


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:05


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

32:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

00:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

33:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

33:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

27:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

22:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

15:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

21:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

18:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

24:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

12:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

15:51


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

22:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:20