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Publication Date: March 11, 2013
Published by: W.W. Norton & Company
Author: Jennifer Cody Epstein
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
I am an unrepentant book addict and the author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, as well as the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai. I have also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Nation (Thailand), Self and Mademoiselle magazines, and the NBC and HBO networks, working in Kyoto, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok as well as Washington D.C. and New York. I’ve taught at Columbia University in New York and Doshisha University in Kyoto, and have an MFA from Columbia, a Masters of International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in Asian Studies/English from Amherst College. I currently live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband, filmmaker Michael Epstein, my two amazing daughters and an exceptionally needy Springer Spaniel.
INTERVIEW WITH MS EPSTEIN!!!
We are pleased to be able to bring you this personal interview today with Jennifer Cody Epstein. Thanks for taking time out from your very busy schedule to be with us, Jennifer! Let's start out...
Such interesting answers! I'm particularly intrigued by your favorite "La Dolce Vita" movie! And, it's fun to see who you'd have for dinner...great choices there. I'd love to be a part of that one. Zelda is one of my favorite historical figures. I hope I get a chance to read one or both of your new books when they come out. I'll be the first in line, Jennifer!
THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
Chilling, absorbing, unique, humorous and heart-breaking. All those adjectives come to mind when I think to describe Jennifer Cody Epstein's book "The God's of Heavenly Punishment." It's part historical account churned with love stories and family dysfunction. It's character-driven in the most powerful of ways. This is a book I will remember among the many this year.
I have read several accounts of the war between America and Japan, but none so specifically personal as this one. The characters are captivating, as immediate relationships with the reader are cultivated. The impact of their stories is both devastating in parts and heart-tugging. I found each of them immensely engaging; some endearing, and some stone cold hateful. The humorous moments take one by surprise in several instances. Either way, it was as if I couldn't tear my eyes away from them.
This is a novel told in sections from the perspectives of the different nationalities/countries and characters, which gives it an even more significant impact. Because of the way Epstein chose to structure her story, I was sympathetic to both sides, as well as to the neutral view. War in all it's human drama was staggering in her hands, sometimes brutal and sometimes drawing out the best in people with love.
"The Gods of Heavenly Punishment" is a show-stopper of a book. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading. It halted my life for hours.
I recommend this book to everyone without reservation. It's a very adult book in the sense that it's written with intelligence and aplomb. You can't help but be taken in by its significance and engaging quality. I loved it!
5+ stars Deborah/TheBookishDame
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