Fifty Words for Rain: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2020
13 hours 13 minutes
A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller!
From debut author Asha Lemmie, “a lovely, heartrending story about love and loss, prejudice and pain, and the sometimes dangerous, always durable ties that link a family together.” —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Nightingale

Kyoto, Japan, 1948. “Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist.”

Such is eight-year-old Noriko “Nori” Kamiza’s first lesson. She will not question why her mother abandoned her with only these final words. She will not fight her confinement to the attic of her grandparents’ imperial estate. And she will not resist the scalding chemical baths she receives daily to lighten her skin.

The child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Her grandparents take her in, only to conceal her, fearful of a stain on the royal pedigree that they are desperate to uphold in a changing Japan. Obedient to a fault, Nori accepts her solitary life, despite her natural intellect and curiosity. But when chance brings her older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him an unlikely ally with whom she forms a powerful bond—a bond their formidable grandparents cannot allow and that will irrevocably change the lives they were always meant to lead. Because now that Nori has glimpsed a world in which perhaps there is a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it—a battle that just might cost her everything.

Spanning decades and continents, Fifty Words for Rain is a dazzling epic about the ties that bind, the ties that give you strength, and what it means to be free.
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Susan T.

Loved this book!

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Monica T.

I loved the book !!!!!! I will read more from this author. This book was not predictable at all. It was sad and I fell in love with the characters. It made me sad but I understand it was lineage MTurnquist

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Nan M.

Written very well! Was not satisfied with the ending !! It felt like the author had to meet her deadline ! I can only think that this means there will be a sequel!!

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Ty P.

Wow this book was amazing so many twist and turns and beautiful imagery of Japan and the language the food the clothing set in the 40s-60s and I really felt like I was thrown back into that time while reading! The main character can be a bit whiny sometimes but honestly she has every reason to be as her life was complete craziness this was a great listen I wish I had the actual book I love holding a great book!

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