Shaena Lambert: Radiance



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Writing as beautiful as a bonsai garden characters that made me ache Loved this book Radiance by Shaena Lambert Reviewed by Beth Coleman Imagine you are a woman who has lost a child at birth It s whisked away Years later you still long to see the child Being a kind American housewife of 1952 with a lovable but boozy radio writer husband and with a suave friend spearheading the ban the bomb movement you see a chance to help a child an orphaned girl on the brink of adulthood a Japanese girl whose beautiful face has been hideously scarred in Hiroshima She is coming to New York to receive free lastic surgery and become the Off 13 poster girl for ban the bomb You see a chance to be her host mother But you have no idea of what you are getting into This is theremise of Shaena Lambert s wonderful novel Radiance The best of intentions of Daisy the housewife leads her into challenging emotional and Amata Means Beloved political situations that involve her marriage her suburban neighborhood and her relationship with the enigmatic Keiko Stereotypes are shattered good causes do bad things secrets are submerged and lies bubble under the surface Later when Daisy remembered that night she could smell the scent of honeysuckle at the window and see the moon on the floorboards But in her memories Keiko wasn’t bandaged her face was broken down the middle just like the moon One half wasure and white the other half mottled and orous The unbroken side was as smooth as orcelain terrifying in its brightness but in every memory it was the Juice pocked side that drew Daisy in From Radiance 192It’s 1952 Eighteen year old Hiroshima survivor Keiko Kitigawa arrives in New York City for surgery to cut away the scar marring her lovely face Sponsored by The Hiroshima Project Keiko is expected to be a media darling “The Hiroshima Maiden” selected for her scarred beauty and for the talent she briefly revealed to Project doctors in Japan for utting words to the inexpressible horrors she has witnessed But the Keiko who arrives in America does not erform as scripted referring to recall instead her grandfather’s dappled gardens and tales of trickster foxes Frustrated

T is a novel about survival insight and hope in difficult times and it is written with textured layers developing believable characters that resonate Is about a Hiroshima victim who comes to the US in the early 50 s to have scars removed She lives with a home mother and is supposed to be made erfect by a TV doctor and then help to Mob Mistress promote an anti nuclear message The Japanese girl is a very dislikableerson and I found it hard to get into the story and then once absorbed she and most of the other lead characters were so unpleasant I had little interest in their lives The time is 1952 and Keiko Kitigawa a girl injured in the Hiroshima bomb attack has come to the United States She is brought to the US by a committee working to Stud in the Stacks prevent bombs and bomb tests from happening In return for her speaking out against the bombs as a victim they will give herlastic surgery to remove the scars she has on her face from the blastDaisy Lawrence will be her host mother while she is in the US Daisy and her husband Walter live in the suburbs of New York City on Long IslandKeiko tells of the fox legends her grandfather told he. Y her recalcitrance the Project Choosing to Survive presses Keiko’s suburban host mother Daisy Lawrence into duty tasking her with drawing out the girl’s horrific story the one they need for the media circuit When Daisy reluctantly agrees she must fight to enter Keiko’s sphere of intimacy and is shocked by what she learns thereLike Keiko Daisy has a few surprises in store for the Project Her gentle maternal character has been vouched for by her long time friend Irene Day the glamorous Manhattan women’s columnist who recruited her But even Daisy is taken aback by what bubbles up from beneath her calm domestic existence in Riverside Meadows drawn to the surface by Keiko’sresence Life will never be the sameAlso deeply affected by Keiko’s stay is Daisy’s husband Walter a nearly extinguished literary light whose off Broadway lay once garnered critical acclaim He has been fighting for years with a hopelessly unfinished manuscript obsessing over the tragic story of a friend who fell victim to the turmoil of Stalinist Russia

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R rather than of her experiences on the day of August 6 1945 She keeps herself tightly under control except for certain timesThese times are in the nights at the Lawrences house where she walks in her sleep and confesses her fears to Daisy in the dark bedroom As Daisy and her connect Daisy grows rotective and yet Keiko always reverts to her Felipa public face during the dayThe relationship between the two women is a fascinating one While Keiko s thoughts are a mystery to us we see from Daisy soint of view the connections and frustrations that exist Keiko feels compelled to do what she has agreed on for her surgery but also feels unhappy about this decision The time and lace are given so well that you feel what life was like in the American suburbs of the 50s Daisy is an educated woman childless and a homemaker The relationship between her and Walter is a complex one as well and shown rather than describedThis book has depth and feeling to it and is a wonderful read Wonderful read Beautifully written I thought the Ethel Wilson rize was going to come down to either this or Mary Novik s Conceit And I ll bet it did. Ut Walter is haunted by another event in his The Blueprint (English Edition) past something that happened in the shadows of the McCarthy trials and that he has never divulged to his wifeKeiko bandaged after her surgery like the Invisible Man becomes a conduit for secret grief A barrage of letters and gifts from strangers arrive at their door Riverside Meadows housewives ahotographer covering her story and even a former Japanese held POW heap their weightiest confidences upon her Perhaps it is the force of her tragedy that Crisis of the Strauss Divided pulls them in orerhaps it is because her bandages make her seem like a blank receptacle for their own The Master Masons of Chartres pain Whatever the cause Daisy finds it increasingly difficult to find the real Keiko beneath these burdens But she will fight with all her strength torotect the girl even at incalculable costSet against the backdrops of the Atomic Age and McCarthyism Radiance is a recise and nuanced rendition of an historic time depicted through a highly intimate lens and driven by acts of great love terrible betrayals and immense compassi.

I started writing fiction in 1992 when my son was a toddler a leap into the unknown and frightening as at that time I was a single mother But with the help of an explorations grant from the Canada Council I was able to keep writing I have lived in Vancouver Toronto New York and the Okanagan but for the last decade I have been back on the West Coast in Vancouver where many of my stories