If you've ever wondered what became of the love-child of Madam Butterfly and Lieutenant Pinkerton, here is an answer more complete and equisitely written than you could have hoped for. The book unfolds from Puccini's story towards Nagasaki's inevitable horror, and the characters will keep you guessing till the end.
The historical detail of this novel, and the stunnningly imagined world of its central characters makes it jump into vivid life on every page. We are in Japan, we are in America, and everything is tactile, visible, absolutely real.
The writing may put you in mind of Scott Fitzgerald, Noel Coward, and yet it is completely itself, crystal clear and beautifully crafted.