Jennifer Cody Epstein has written for Self, the Wall Street Journal and theChicago Tribune. She has published short fiction in several journals and was a finalist in a Glimmer Train fiction contest. She lives in New York City.
Fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, child of Japan's New Empire, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on the March night when American bombers shower her city with napalm-an attack that leaves one hundred thousand dead within hours and half the city in ashen ruins. In the days that follow, Yoshi's old life will blur beyond recognition, leading her to a new world marked by destruction and shaped by those considered the enemy.