With the 5th Anniversary of the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami almost upon us, author Benjamin Brook has kindly offered to donate proceeds form his novel Washing Over Me to Aid For Japan.
Set against a backdrop of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, Washing Over Me is a tale of loss and love, of the destructive power of nature and the resilience of humankind.
In the height of the Tokyo summer, Shoichi sits at his wife’s bedside hoping that today will be the day when she wakes from her coma. Without Kimiko, he finds himself lost in the modern world. Frequently daydreaming, his mind wanders back through the past to key moments in their life together: breaded pork cutlets, unusually coloured tomatoes and the most beautiful sunrise he has ever seen. Shoichi also lives in fear. How will he cope with the loss of yet another person whom he loves so dearly?
In the depths of her mind, it is early spring and Kimiko is in Ofunato, a small coastal town in the northeast of Japan. As ten-year-old Kimiko wakes up that morning all she can think about is the cold and how much longer she can stay in bed before succumbing to the aroma from breakfast that is drifting up the stairs. Right up to the point when the earthquake strikes, she has no idea that this is the day when her world will be turned upside down. There is only one person who understands what she went through and she needs to get back to Shoichi, wherever and whenever he may be.
Speaking about the novel, Benjamin Brook adds: “11 March 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. As well as the loss of life that this devastating event resulted in, hundreds of children also lost their parents and families. To support the orphans of this tragedy, any royalties received from the sale of this book over the next three months will be donated to the charity Aid For Japan.”
You can order the book via Amazon: Washing Over Me