Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is a book about loss. The loss of life after the bombing of Hiroshima. The loss of a mother to Alzheimer’s disease. The loss of a marriage and family due to divorce. And the loss of identity.
The author explores all of these themes when she accepts a six-month grant to go to Hiroshima and interview surviving victims of the atomic bomb, leaving her two young sons and husband behind in New York. It is a difficult time. The victims do not want to talk. Rizzuto is haunted by memories of the way her mother used to be. And her husband Brian doesn’t understand why she is not happy being simply a wife and mother. This is an introspective book as the author ponders the meaning of war, motherhood, and figuring out who we are. When the Twin Towers fall in New York on September 11, 2001, while the author is in Japan, these issues become even more poignant.
Hiroshima in the Morning is a thought-provoking, but somber read. I’m hoping that Rizzuto’s next book will reveal that she has found greater joy in her life following her dark days in Japan.
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