Fog Island Mountains

Fog Island Mountains

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What if you could rewrite a tragedy? What if you could give grace to someone s greatest mistake?
Huddled beneath the volcanoes of the Kirishima mountain range in southern Japan--also called the Fog Island Mountains--the inhabitants of small town Komachi are waiting for the biggest of the summer s typhoons. South African expatriate Alec Chester has lived in Komachi for nearly forty years. Alec considers himself an ordinary man, with common troubles and mundane achievements--until his doctor gives him a terminal cancer diagnosis and his wife, Kanae, disappears into the gathering storm. Kanae flees from the terrifying reality of Alec s diagnosis, even going so far as to tell a childhood friend that she is already a widow. Her willful avoidance of the truth leads her to commit a grave infidelity, and only when Alec is suspected of checking himself out of the hospital to commit a quiet suicide does Kanae come home to face what it will mean to lose her husband.
Narrating this story is Azami, one of Komachi s oldest and most peculiar inhabitants, the daughter of a famous storyteller with a mysterious story of her own.
A haunting and beautiful reinterpretation of the Japanese "kitsune" folktale tradition, "Fog Island Mountains" is a novel about the dangers of action taken in grief and of a belief in healing through storytelling."
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 165 x 172 x 24mm | 162g
  • Old Saybrook, CT, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1494533189
  • 9781494533182

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"Transporting and lyrical, Fog Island Mountains takes a poignant look into a couple's struggle with terminal illness, and uncovers the sustaining presence of memory, myth, and history in a small Japanese community. Narrated by the all-knowing local storyteller, who provides a perceptive communal voice, Bailat-Jones's novel is part poem, part suspense story, propelled by the violence of a summer typhoon, the complications of the characters' grief, and spare, elegiac prose that weaves its own urgent spell." ---Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls
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179 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 25% (45)
4 32% (57)
3 30% (53)
2 10% (18)
1 3% (6)
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