A True Novel

by Minae Mizumura, Juliet Winters Carpenter

A remaking of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make hisfortune.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 854 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.12 out of 5
  • Published November 12th 2013 by Other Press
  • Original Title: 本格小説 [Honkaku Shosetsu]
  • ISBN: 1590512030 (ISBN13: 9781590512036)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Best Translated Book Award Nominee for Fiction (runner-up) (2014)
  • Yomiuri Prize 読売文学賞 for Fiction (2002)
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Fiction (First Place) (2014)

A remaking of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success—despite racial and class prejudice—and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class.   The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.