One Hundred Million Hearts by Kerri Sakamoto
Miyo is a young Japanese Canadian who has been cared for by her distant
but devoted father. She was born to a Hiroshima survivor who dies
prematurely. Miyo has a disfigurement and relies on her father even for
rides to work. One day when he is unable to give her a ride she travels
by subway, only to be caught in the closing doors. A man rescues her
and they fall in love and eventually move in together.
grows increasingly distant from her father and he fades until she
receives the sad news of his death. She starts to find out more about
her father and his past. His girlfriend is really his wife and she has a
step-sister (Hana) who was raised in Japan. Miyo decides to travel to
Japan to meet Hana. Hana is resentful of her treatment and very very
strange. Miyo also finds out her father is considered one of the
shameful ones for being a kamikazi pilot and not following through.
The premise of this book is indeed an interesting one and I truly
wanted to love it but it was too strange for me. There was a lot of
running around to no purpose, a lot of teeth-gnashing and just
First Line: "During the war my father learned to shoot a rifle, lunge with his bayonet and march the perimeter of Okayama Second Middle School, knees high and arms swinging."