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March 4, 2022

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Rare Bird Books
Genre - Historical Fiction
Publishing year - 2021
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-64428-198-7
Pages - 360

All Sorrows Can Be Borne

Book Review - 

All Sorrows Can Be Borne is inspired by actual events. It is the story of Noriko Ito and her losses; the premise is set up in Japan. Noriko witnessed the horrific atomic bombing of Hiroshima and was recused by her father. Her dream of becoming a Takarazuka actor leads her to Osaka.

Noriko starts working at her sister's restaurant, where she encounters Ichiro Uchida, a handsome and intelligent man. They both fall in love and get married. However, Ichiro is diagnosed with tuberculosis, and Noriko finds out that she is pregnant. After that, the lives of the Uchida family change their course. 

Ichiro's condition was deteriorated, physically and mentally both. He lost his job and eventually willingness to live. Norika and Ichiro decide to send Hisashi to America for a better future. Unfortunately, it broke both of them, and their decision to not discuss this further led to some brutal and unpredictable circumstances. Finally, after many years, Hisashi decided to meet Noriko and learn the truth about his father. 

The story is an emotional roller coaster ride, where Loren Stephens narrated the aftermath of war and its consequences, the Japanese traditions and culture. Noriko's unconditional love for Ichiro is shown throughout the book. The story portrays the characters' many social dilemmas and traumas, leaving the reader with heart-wrenching emotions. 

Even with all the language barriers she endured, the author did well. The story is heart-touching and opens a gateway to a different culture, which I mainly enjoyed. I definitely recommend this book. 

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