Fifty Words for Rain (Lemmie) - Book Reviews

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[An] epic, twisty debut…. [A] few bewildering narrative choices…, but Lemmie keeps the reader guessing and ends with a staggering gut punch. Sometimes bleak, sometimes hopeful,… [this] heartbreaking story of familial obligations packs an emotional wallop.
Publishers Weekly

[A gripping historical tale that will transport readers through myriad emotions…. Lemmie intimately draws the readers into every aspect of Noriko’s complex story,… bringing us to anger, tears, and small pockets of joy. A truly ambitious and remarkable debut.

[T]he majority of the novel propels Nori toward a grand moment of defying her grandmother, but in the final pages Lemmie pulls her punch…. A bold historical portrait of a woman overcoming oppression marred by inconsistent character development.
Kirkus Reviews

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