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  1. BookMonkey BookMonkey says:

    Rating 5 Growing up a young Monkey in the United States, history and especially World War II was presented in black and white When it came to the Pacific side of World War II, we learned almost nothing beyond Pearl Harbor, kamikaze pilots, possibly Iwo Jima And, of course, the atomic bombs As a student, I pictured the brave scientists working feverishly in their secret labs during the Manhattan Project I pictured the Enola Gay flying over the Pacific on its spiritual mission I pictur Rating 5 Growing up a young Monkey in the United States, history and especially World War II was presented in black and white When it came to the Pacific side of World War II, we learned almost nothing beyond Pearl Harbor, kamikaze pilots, possibly Iwo Jima And, of course, the atomic bombs As a student, I pictured the brave scientists working feverishly in their secret labs during the Manhattan Project I pictured the Enola Gay flying over the Pacific on its spiritual mission I pictured the mushroom cloud rising into the sky It was only when I read John Hersey s Hiroshima as a high school student that it dawned on me the bombs actually landed on people I don t blame my young Monkey self for that simplistic worldview, but rather the schools, textbooks, and teachers indeed the very way that history was taught in America, where the US was seen as a historic force of unimpeachable good and Japan was seen as a land of cherry blossoms, samurai, and ramen.Asako Serizawa s thought provoking, daring, and altogether remarkable debut collection of interconnected stories challenges these received ideas, stereotypes, and misunderstood or little known aspects of a war that engulfed the entire Asia Pacific region for nearly a decade and led to 36 million deaths Not a traditional collection of disparate short stories, the 13 pieces in INHERITORS converse and combine to illustrate how the events of World War II in the Pacific shaped the fate of a single Japanese family across multiple generations in Japan and the United States A family tree at the beginning of the book, along with the epigraph from Theodor Adorno Yet the fully enlightened earth radiates disaster triumphant , offers one roadmap for navigating the text.The central stories, set in Asia primarily Japan during World War II and the American Occupation of Japan 1945 1952 , explore topics such as the unspeakable atrocities of Japan in East and Southeast Asia the American air raids of Japan that destroyed dozens of cities and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, especially the March 1945 firebombing of Tokyo military sex slavery, as well as the state sanctioned prostitution houses set up for American servicemen after Surrender and the nascent Japanese Communist movement that stirred among the ruins under the iron fist of General MacArthur and the American Occupation Other stories are set in the United States, including two that follow a Japanese American woman who visits Japanthan 50 years after the war in search of her family history Whether depicting a Japanese soldier who believes in the righteousness of his mission, a philosophical doctor who regrets his participation in wartime atrocities, or a young boy whose life is irrevocably altered by the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo, Serizawa treats her characters and her subject with nuance, intelligence, and extraordinary compassion, crafting not only an indictment of war and nationalism but also an attempt at understanding how ordinary people can find themselves supporting horrible national policies or even committing horrible acts And in doing so the book forces readers to ask these questions of themselves incredibly relevant in our modern world for obvious reasons But Serizawa is up to something evenin INHERITORS In the final two stories, we are vaulted into the United States of the near future the latest story in the timeline takes place in 2035 Juxtaposed with the stories that precede it and read in the context of Adorno s epigraph these pieces deliver a stark warning for the future while casting a backwards light on the rest of the collection that tempted me to start over and read the whole thing again Other GR reviewers have commented on the wide range of styles and settings of these stories, as well as the difficulty of some of the pieces, and that is indeed one of the collection s notable traits It s a bold choice the wide range had the effect of keeping me slightly off balance from story to story while compelling me to grapple with each story and character on their own terms and in relation to the collection as a whole But beyond the thematic and formal concerns, what makes this a 5 book for me is that these stories are almost invariably beautifully executed and extraordinarily moving the book affected me at a visceral level, leaving me time and time again with an aching chest and prickling scalp my personal barometer of literary experience Not a novel, not a traditional collection of short stories, not historical fiction indeed, in an author s note Serizawa takes to task the very concept of historical fiction , INHERITORS stands out as an ambitious piece of literature And like the characters haunted by the memory of war throughout the book, I too will be haunted by the memory of reading it


  2. Jill Jill says:

    Inheritors is an ambitious debut book and that is a good thing It spans 150 years five generations of a Japanese family, starting in 2013 and ending in the imagined future of 2035 The setting changes from occupied Japan to the United States, but the theme is consistent the trauma of war doesn t end when a peace treaty is signed Rather, it continues to affect the people involved and future generations.Sometimes spellbinding, other times obtuse, the stories can be uneven in their presentation Inheritors is an ambitious debut book and that is a good thing It spans 150 years five generations of a Japanese family, starting in 2013 and ending in the imagined future of 2035 The setting changes from occupied Japan to the United States, but the theme is consistent the trauma of war doesn t end when a peace treaty is signed Rather, it continues to affect the people involved and future generations.Sometimes spellbinding, other times obtuse, the stories can be uneven in their presentation The best ones are those that drill down to moral dilemmas an ordinary housewife who sacrifices herself as a sort of comfort woman so that she and her husband can survive A woman whose memory is fading who eventually reveals a 50 year old murder A doctor, now retired, who lost touch with his humanity in undertaking wartime actions.The book shifts the spotlight typically reserved for the European point of view to colonial and postcolonial Asia and grapples with the fallout of war and displacement the devastation, the trauma, the sacrifices, the legacies of loss, and the quest for adaptation and understanding This is a fine book about that sheds light on the ways that war survivors and successive generations selectively experience and remember and relay the aftermath Certainly it is well worth reading


  3. Kendra Kendra says:

    A stunning and magnificent book about World War II in Japan and America that everyone should read Serizawa s writing is beautiful, brash, and wholly enthralling as she charts the emotions and reactions and relationships that touch on one Japanese family over many generations Serizawa s tiny details, a sense or proportion, and the ability to write unflinchingly about horror and trauma make this book outstanding.


  4. M.H. M.H. says:

    The Inheritors, while contemplative and personal, is really a commentary about the Twentieth Century and what that means for humanity now Like punctuated snapshots in a a family album, it is told from the perspective of various members of a Japanese and Japanese American family in the form of loosely connected short stories It marks a rise of hope and progress thanks to things like increased democracy, opening of cultures, and scientific advances at the beginning of a new century, that is in The Inheritors, while contemplative and personal, is really a commentary about the Twentieth Century and what that means for humanity now Like punctuated snapshots in a a family album, it is told from the perspective of various members of a Japanese and Japanese American family in the form of loosely connected short stories It marks a rise of hope and progress thanks to things like increased democracy, opening of cultures, and scientific advances at the beginning of a new century, that is interrupted, marred, and stained by racism, abuses of technology, the horrors of war, and the terrible moral choices forced by conflict and protectionism But though the themes are global and explosive, the stories are quiet They are individual experiences, held close to the chest, like thoughts and memories that one carries to their grave.The stories in the past are not quite historical fiction, and later ones are not quite speculative, but they all have a tangible immediacy and ring with truth And they all dare to ask the question did it have to happen that way Was it predictable Avoidable And perhapsimportantly, can we make better choices now for future generations


  5. Caity Caity says:

    All together this is a gripping narrative There is a family tree in the start of the book but as you read the stories and see the families perceptions of each other and how they fit together or how far apart their stories are it paints a very different picture The stories are from different perspectives spanning the generations and geography, and vary greatly in writing style This variance in writing style was in my opinion both the greatest strength and weakness of the book Some of the sto All together this is a gripping narrative There is a family tree in the start of the book but as you read the stories and see the families perceptions of each other and how they fit together or how far apart their stories are it paints a very different picture The stories are from different perspectives spanning the generations and geography, and vary greatly in writing style This variance in writing style was in my opinion both the greatest strength and weakness of the book Some of the stories were harder follow because of their format and this may be particularly true for readers without much background knowledge of the historical events depicted in the stories However, as the book continues and the way the stories are intertwined becomesapparent many of theconfusing details are clarified The different styles also add a lot of depth to the stories helping to highlight the different personalities and the time period in which the stories are told I most enjoyed the stories that were told by the characters reminiscing later in life as it showed both their history and the ways these stories were buried over time Overall the book presents a heart wrenching and thought provoking narrative that was fascinating to read


  6. W. Benson Cartwright W. Benson Cartwright says:

    More than just a collection, Asako Serizawa s brilliant book Inheritors functions almost as a body of stories, with each piece contributing to create a larger, living organism Set in the US, Japan, and China, the stories follow the lives and decisions of one family during the twentieth and twenty first centuries Heavily steeped in the Second World and its aftermath, this collection looks at the consequences of our daily decisions, how a small or large choice may lead to the end of one life, on More than just a collection, Asako Serizawa s brilliant book Inheritors functions almost as a body of stories, with each piece contributing to create a larger, living organism Set in the US, Japan, and China, the stories follow the lives and decisions of one family during the twentieth and twenty first centuries Heavily steeped in the Second World and its aftermath, this collection looks at the consequences of our daily decisions, how a small or large choice may lead to the end of one life, only to spur a new, different life, even within the same person Each story swirls and blooms anew in the stories that follow and preceded it, radiating out to create greater meaning and depth within the whole Extremely relevant now, the book explores and interrogates the means by which we justify our actions and decisions and how we find ways to live with their consequences, especially when those decisions and actions were not what we would have expected from ourselves This marvelous, stunning book asks us to not only look at what we ourselves have inherited, but what we leave as an inheritance to those who come after Inheritors truly is a vital read, an absolutely one of kind book that will explode through your life and leave you reeling long after you finish


  7. Malorie Malorie says:

    Inheritors is such a unique collection of stories In the opening of the book, you are given a family tree, and it is immediately apparent how these stories interconnect to make a whole Even with this knowledge, the way that each of these stories unfolds is surprising in its interconnectedness, in the way that pain and trauma from war and colonialism can impact generations, in the way that, after 150 years, individuals and culture still grapple with the ramifications of a postcolonial world Ea Inheritors is such a unique collection of stories In the opening of the book, you are given a family tree, and it is immediately apparent how these stories interconnect to make a whole Even with this knowledge, the way that each of these stories unfolds is surprising in its interconnectedness, in the way that pain and trauma from war and colonialism can impact generations, in the way that, after 150 years, individuals and culture still grapple with the ramifications of a postcolonial world Each of the stories is centered on an individual within this family tree, though the stories are not necessarily told from the perspective of that individual It follows an old woman s loss of herself, parents loss of a son and the gaining of another son, the first son s plight after his life was destroyed, and the adopted son s struggle with identity It goes on from this, weaving a picturecomplete than most novels I have read And that is the thing, this is a collection of stories, but because they are so interconnected it felt like reading a novel Each of the stories is in a different style, and a different perspective, but they flow together seamlessly to create a transgenerational viewpoint that encompasses these tragedies of war, but also the simple and human needs of day to day life It filled me with so much empathy, and for that I am grateful


  8. Shana Shana says:

    Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC I wasn t sure what to make of this book at first Each individual story connects to the others as it spans the period right before WWII through an imagined post 2020 world, and the perspectives encompass various branches of the same family tree It s a bit discombobulating at times to try to make sense of where each person story fits in, and I m sure that I missed a lot in my confusion, but what I was still able to get a lot out of it The Japanese perspect Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC I wasn t sure what to make of this book at first Each individual story connects to the others as it spans the period right before WWII through an imagined post 2020 world, and the perspectives encompass various branches of the same family tree It s a bit discombobulating at times to try to make sense of where each person story fits in, and I m sure that I missed a lot in my confusion, but what I was still able to get a lot out of it The Japanese perspective of this time is one that isn t often accessible to those of us in the US unless we truly search it out, and I appreciated the wider scope of knowledge and experience Serizawa provides Though fiction, I still learned quite a bit, such as about Unit 731 in Pingfang and the atrocities that took place there All throughout, Serizawa also allows her characters to show tremendous depth of varied emotion around what they re experiencing In doing so, she lets the reader imagine themselves in similar situations and wonder how they might conduct themselves, which is a valuable moral exercise in troubled times


  9. Nuha Nuha says:

    Thank you to DoubleDay Books and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader s Copy Available July 14th 2020When we think of Japan, we are often thinking of a sanitary, clean cut nation maybe we just think of sushi or the bright and colorful anime world We don t think about Japan s complicated history, its own internal and external wars and the lingering effects of colonialism Asako Serizawa s Inheritors is a tour de force through modern Japanese history, often drawing on aspects of Japanese culture Thank you to DoubleDay Books and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader s Copy Available July 14th 2020When we think of Japan, we are often thinking of a sanitary, clean cut nation maybe we just think of sushi or the bright and colorful anime world We don t think about Japan s complicated history, its own internal and external wars and the lingering effects of colonialism Asako Serizawa s Inheritors is a tour de force through modern Japanese history, often drawing on aspects of Japanese culture that we don t see in the mainstream With a variety of narrative styles, Serizawa s collection of stories is surprisingly cohesive From a simple tragic tale of a father leaving his family to a heart wrenching and horrifying account of a true Japanese comfort woman, Serizawa shows the underside of Japan The realities that Serizawa brings to life should be embraced and acknowledged as a part of history A well written, emotive collection


  10. Annie Annie says:

    Asako Serizawa s Inheritors tells the story of a Japanese family caught up in history and questions of identity from the early 1900s to a few decades from now, always wondering what might have been if different decisions were made Even though it s made up of linked short stories, I found this book to be a slow burn most of the action happens off the page and we generally see our characters wrestling with feelings of survivor s guilt, regret, and anger Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Asako Serizawa s Inheritors tells the story of a Japanese family caught up in history and questions of identity from the early 1900s to a few decades from now, always wondering what might have been if different decisions were made Even though it s made up of linked short stories, I found this book to be a slow burn most of the action happens off the page and we generally see our characters wrestling with feelings of survivor s guilt, regret, and anger Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.


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Inheritors ❰Read❯ ➫ Inheritors Author Asako Serizawa – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Spanning than years, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legac Spanning thanyears, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and warWritten from myriad perspectives and in a wide range of styles, each of these interconnected stories is designed to speak to the others, contesting assumptions and illuminating the complicated ways we experience, interpret, and pass on our personal and shared histories A retired doctor, for example, is forced to confront the horrific moral consequences of his wartime actions An elderly woman subjects herself to an interview, gradually revealing a fifty year old murder and its shattering aftermath And in the last days of a doomed war, a prodigal son who enlisted against his parents wishes survives the American invasion of his island outpost, only to be asked for a sacrifice daunting than any he imagined.

    Inheritors PDF Ê Hardcover these interconnected stories is designed to speak to the others, contesting assumptions and illuminating the complicated ways we experience, interpret, and pass on our personal and shared histories A retired doctor, for example, is forced to confront the horrific moral consequences of his wartime actions An elderly woman subjects herself to an interview, gradually revealing a fifty year old murder and its shattering aftermath And in the last days of a doomed war, a prodigal son who enlisted against his parents wishes survives the American invasion of his island outpost, only to be asked for a sacrifice daunting than any he imagined."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Inheritors
  • Asako Serizawa
  • 12 February 2018
  • 0385545371

About the Author: Asako Serizawa

ASAKO SERIZAWA was born in Japan and grew up in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo A graduate of Tufts University, Brown University, and Emerson College, she has received two O Henry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award A recent fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she currently lives in Boston Inheritors is her first book.