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This lyrical novel sweeps listeners away to an ignoble period from Japanese history, when lives were shattered by intolerance - and for one group of societal outcasts, survival hinged on the determination of the human spirit.

In 1948, a 19-year-old pearl diver with leprosy is forced to erase her name from family records and move to an island leprosarium. Mere miles from the home she can never return to, she must accept that her life will never be the same.

©2004 Jeff Talarigo; (P)2004 Recorded Books LLC

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One of my very favorite books

I read this book a great many years ago, and decided to pick it back up in recorded form. The performance does this great work justice. A wonderful story that everyone should read!