Butterfly's Child: A Novel

Butterfly's Child: A Novel


By (author) Angela Davis-Gardner

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  • Publisher: Dial Books (imprint of Dell Publishing)
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385340958
  • ISBN 13: 9780385340953
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,140,716

Product description

After Butterfly's death, her son Benji is taken to America to be raised by his father, Lieutenant Frank Pinkerton, and Frank's wife, Kate. Sweeping from the farmland of Illinois to the Japanese settlements in San Francisco to Benji's homeland of Nagasaki, this novel explores family bonds and a community intolerant of outsiders.

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Author information

Angela Davis-Gardner spent a year in Japan as a visiting professor at Tokyo's Tsuda College, which inspired her acclaimed novel "Plum Wine." She is also the author of "Felice" and" Forms of Shelter." An Alumni Distinguished Professor Emerita at North Carolina State University, she lives in Raleigh. "From the Hardcover edition."

Review quote

"Extraordinary...To give away any of the astonishing plot twists and revelations would deny the reader the thrill of a totally transforming and satisfying finale. Sometimes bold and gripping, often delicate and sensual, "Butterfly's Child" is utterly unique and entirely enchanting."--"The Washington Post " "The kind of book you sink into, becoming so transfixed by the story that you cannot help devouring it in just a few sittings. Davis-Gardner has created a masterful novel and an engaging read."--"Charlotte Observer " "Book club alert ...a highly readable sequel to the tragic opera that works within the characters' existing framework while still managing to sneak in a few surprises."--"Christian Science Monitor" "An absorbing "what if?" that stands on its own merits, "Butterfly's Child" is...a novel that demands to be read in one sitting. The characters hate and love with murderous intensity whether plowing a field, quietly embroidering a sampler, or canning beets.