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The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (2008)
A young man is torn among loyalty to his English family, his Chinese grandfather, and his Japanese Aikijujitsu mentor during the Japanese occupation at Malaya, 1939-1945. To many he was a collaborator, to others a hero. He first tells his story 50 years later to a Japanese woman who had loved his mentor during their youth. Reincarnation and moral ambiguities drift through the story. It kept my attention.

The Gift of Rain was nominated for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. Check out the review in USA Today.
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