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by Ana Johns

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community. However, Naoko has fallen for an American sailor and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovač, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation. Setting out to learn the truth, Tori’s journey leads her to a remote seaside village in Japan where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.


Inspired by true stories, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.


'Cinematic, deeply moving, and beautifully written. I so enjoyed this.' Carol Mason, author of After You Left

'A book that is meant to be savoured and re-read' Renita D'Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter

'A powerful and heartbreaking literary debut - lush and masterful' Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's

‘An elegant testament to the tenacity of hope, even when the bindings of cultural and familial expectations are drawn so tight. I look forward to reading more from this talented author’ Kelli Estes, bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

‘A well-researched piece of historical fiction, loosely inspired by the military experience of the author's father, that shines a light on a dark chapter of Japanese history that will be unfamiliar to many readers’ Booklist

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ISBN (Paperback): 9781789550696
ISBN (Ebook): 9781789550702
Published: 15th July 2019

Price: £8.99 (Paperback) £4.99 (Ebook)
Extent: 272 pages
Format: 198x129mm
Markets: UK, Europe & India
Translation rights: No

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Ana Johns, a former competitive martial artist, studied journalism and worked over twenty-years in the creative arts field, before turning her hand to fiction.

Twitter: @author_anajohns

Instagram: @author_anajohns

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