A Pale View of Hills
Etsuko, a widowed woman living in England, is shattered by the suicide of one of her daughters and by the distance which exists in her relationship with her remaining daughter. The difficulty of the present time make Etsuko reflect on her past life in Japan. One particular summer seems to recur to Etsuko with special force and significance. In a hot summer after the war, Etsuko had been pregnant with her first child. Etsuko noticed a new woman arrive... An Artist of the Floating World
The novel begins in October 1948, when Japan is three years into the humiliating defeat of World War II. It is trying to stumble back to normalcy and yet, the coming times are marked by a decisive break from the past in many ways. Masuji Ono, a retired painter, is passing his days quietly - 'moping around the house', spending time with his grandson and most of the time, thinking of the days that were. His only big concern in present times is the marriage... Never Let Me Go
At first, Kathy H. seems to be a bright, perky woman who attends a good private school, Hailsham, has a college-like experience at "The Cottages," and ends up working as a "carer" (a kind of health care professional). Eventually, the reader learns that Kathy H. is a clone.
Kathy recounts her early years at Hailsham, a school for clones, where she befriends Tommy and Ruth. They participate in art contests, which turn out to be part of an effort to pro... The Remains of the Day
Stevens is a lifelong butler, devoted to his trade and the man he serves, who begins to doubt the value of his work after 34 years. Stevens is a gifted butler who has served two generations of aristocrats in a large manor house in England. While journeying to meet the house's former housekeeper, he reminisces on his work, weighing the value of his contribution to humanity and to his masters. He suspects that the woman he is visiting, Mrs. Kenton, is cons...
When We Were Orphans
Christopher Banks is a renowned London detective who returns to China in the 1930s to uncover the whereabouts of his parents who disappeared when he was a child living in the International Settlement of Shanghai. Christopher Banks is a mild-mannered detective in London in the period between WWI and WWII (1919-1939). Banks had grown up in the International Settlement of Shanghai as a boy. His father was in the opium trade and worked for the East India Tea...