Shadow Child

Shadow Child

A haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast.

Twin sisters Hana and Kei grew up in a tiny Hawaiian town in the 1950s and 1960s, so close they shared the same nickname. Raised in dreamlike isolation by their loving but unstable mother, they were fatherless, mixed-race, and utterly inseparable, devoted to one another. But when their cherished threesome with Mama is broken, and then further shattered by a violent, nearly fatal betrayal that neither young woman can forgive, it seems their bond may be severed forever--until, six years later, Kei arrives on Hana's lonely Manhattan doorstep with a secret that will change everything.

Told in interwoven narratives that glide seamlessly between the gritty streets of New York, the lush and dangerous landscape of Hawaii, and the horrors of the Japanese internment camps and the bombing of Hiroshima, SHADOW CHILD is set against an epic sweep of history. Volcanos, tsunamis, abandonment, racism, and war form the urgent, unforgettable backdrop of this intimate, evocative, and deeply moving story of motherhood, sisterhood, and second chances.

Title:Shadow Child
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781538711453
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    Shadow Child Reviews

  • Jamie (jamiereadsbooks)

    SHADOW CHILD is a dark and twisty story about family, identity, trauma, and inheritance. Part thriller, part family drama, part historical fiction, I was intrigued by the relationship between twin sis...

  • Jill

    “Shadow Child” might have more accurately been named “Shadow Plot.” One is never quite sure who the characters really are or even what really happens to them.The story is ostensibly about twin...

  • Madeline Partner

    3.5 stars..EDIT 5/24Shadow Child begins with a pair of estranged twins, one in Hawaii and one in New York City. Kei, who lives in Hawaii, journeys across the country to visit her sister, Hana, for an ...

  • Bookishfolk

    I loved the premise of the book, and wanted to see how it ended...but I struggled with the relationships in the book a bit (struggled in terms of believability) and the ending seemed far fetched and f...

  • Harvee

    Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto was an engrossing read that held my interest all the way through. The story centers around identical twins, grandchildren of a couple who were incarcerated during W...

  • Claire Kittridge

    Shadow Child is a truly lovely work of literary fiction. A multi-generational tale that unfolds slowly and is told from alternating points of view, the writing is both sharp and lyrical; full of amazi...

  • Amina

    Jan 1: this book sounds interesting, I'll try itJan 2: so jealous my mom is in Hawaii right nowJan 3: email publisher to see if author could attend book club meetingJan 4: WTH happened in that cave? G...

  • Darren

    I won this as a ARC as part of a good reads giveaway. I enjoyed reading it. It is my first book by this author. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. I hope to read more ...

  • Chaya Nebel

    This is the story of twin sisters, Hana and Kei, who have a complicated history and even more complicated present. It is also the story of their mother, Miya/ Lillie, whose disturbing and harrowing pa...

  • Maxine

    The book is called "Shadow Child; and at least one of the main characters did live her life under a terrible shadow. She, however is not the Shadow Child the title refers to, and the mother and twin d...