The Pearl Diver
by (9781402572777)

The Pearl Diver

Release Date: 20 April 2004
Format: CD
Category: Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9781402572777
ISBN-10: 1402572778

In 1948, a nineteen-year old Japanese woman's dreams of spending her life pearl diving are shattered when she learns she has leprosy. She knows that the shame attached to the ancient disease is inescapable: rejection by her family is imminent, exile unavoidable. No more than two months elapse before authorities send her off to a leprosarium on the island of Nagashima and, although it is only seven miles from her home, it is a world away from all that is familiar to her. At once, she is instructed to forget her past, to strike her name from the family register, and ordered to choose a new name. As "Miss Fuji" looks around her. she sees her own future in the debilitated bodies and the lives of the more than two thousand other patients. But her "future" never comes, her own case of leprosy remains a mild one due to the discovery of a new medicine. Over time, her strength and appearance of normality separate her from those whom the disease has ravaged, and her connection to the sea is never broken. However she is not permitted to leave and she wonders whether she could even survive back on the mainland. Depicting the lives of the patients in a perfectly balanced combination of sympathy, kindness, and veracity, THE PEARL DIVER is written with exquisite precision and eloquence by the remarkable new talent Jeff Talarigo.

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