Author: Jan-Phillip Sendker
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I read this book back in 2016. It was under a reading challenge category of "A Book My Mother Recommends". I mom really loved this book, so she bought me a copy. And it was a wonderful book that had to make the permanent shelf. When I asked for suggestions for a Myanmar/Burma book - this one came up again and again.
This is the story of Julia who goes to Burma in search of the father that abandoned her and her mother. She has never forgiven him but wanted to know why. She has found a love letter among her father's things, to a woman she has never known. Julia need to know the answer to her father's disappearance from her life, so she heads to the village where the woman supposedly lives.
She meets a man who promises to tell her the story of her father and who knows of the woman, so she agrees to listen if it means she gets her answers. In listening to the story, she uncovers her father's past and a love that spanned a lifetime.
I thought this book was wonderful. I had a hard time putting it down, because I was enjoying listening to the story of Julia's father's childhood and how he met the love of his life. Julia's father was blind as a child for many, many years, and since my own daughter is legally blind, this hit a cord. I enjoyed reading his resilience to his sudden blindness and how he still found friendship, and love. And in the end, we learn who the man is and how he knows the story of Julia's father which ended the book perfectly.
I encourage you to pick up this book and read it.
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