Four members of a Japanese family take turns narrating The Afterlife of Kenzaburo Tsurada, a multi-generational novel set in Japan from World War II through the 1989 abdication of Emperor Hirohito. One narrator has dementia. Another, the titular Kenzaburo, is an atheist speaking from the afterlife. In a tragic irony, author Elisabeth Wilkins Lombardo died of cancer at the age of 47, before the novel was published, and it was only through the persistence of her friends and family that the novel was published earlier this month by Shewrites Press. Writers Suzanne Strempek Shea, Elizabeth Searle, and Ann Hood will discuss and read from a The Afterlife of Kenzaburo Tsuruda, as well as talk about posthumously working to get the book published.
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The Afterlife of Kenzaburo Tsuruda
November 01 2018