Summer of the Big Bachi

Summer of the Big Bachi

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In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachia€”the spirit of retributiona€”is knocking on his door. It begins when a stranger comes around, asking questions about a nurseryman who once lived in Hiroshima, a man known as Joji Haneda. By the end of the summer, Joji will be dead and Masa€™s own life will be in danger. For while Mas was building a life on the edge of the American dream, he has kept powerful secrets: about three friends long ago, about two lives entwined, and about what really happened when the bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945. A spellbinding mystery played out from war-torn Japan to the rich tidewaters of L.A.a€™s multicultural landscape, this stunning debut novel weaves a powerful tale of family, loyalty, and the price of both survival and forgiveness. From the Trade Paperback edition.Mas drove back to Alhambra and reentered the one-room office of Saula#39;s Towing, where an oily-faced kid had replaced the middle-aged owner. After handing the kid ... The kid jumped out of the drivera#39;s seat, like he was tumbling out of a hay ride, when Mas noticed there was no door on the drivera#39;s side. ... Wires that had been attached to the headlights had been cut and now poked out like slashed veins.

Title:Summer of the Big Bachi
Author:Naomi Hirahara
Publisher:Delta - 2004-03-30


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