Subduction by Todd Shimoda

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"Shimoda is a consummate storyteller" — Booklist

"Shimoda skillfully weaves (these) tales into the narrative, revealing how past events "continue to affect the island, like aftershocks." Earthquakes are an apt metaphor for the social disruptions on the island, and Shimoda links modern earthquake science, ancient Japanese myths on the origin of earthquakes, and an unforgettable cast of characters to create a suspenseful, richly illustrated novel." — Publishers Weekly

"Husband and wife team Todd and Linda Shimoda’s skills blend seamlessly together to make Subduction a hauntingly beautiful and highly unique novel. The author’s prose and illustrator’s talent give the book a tone and quality that is both rare and memorable." - ForeWord

Subduction is a timely, electrifying thriller set on a tiny, earthquake-plagued island. Endo, a young physician unjustly charged with a patient's death, is banished to the island to care for the few remaining elderly residents. Determined to remain on their crumbling island and resuscitate their defunct fishing industry, the aging islanders plot against all outsiders.

After a mysterious death and attacks on Endo and fellow newcomvers, he discovers why the islanders don't wish to leave: years ago, jealousies, lust, and violence ripped apart their lives, and the wounds haven't healed. The aftershocks of the islanders' past, as well as Endo's own troubled history, replay violently in the present just as a massive earthquake strikes.

Exquisitely designed with L.J.C. Shimoda's artwork throughout, Subduction also features a sixteen-page illustrated retelling of the myth of Kashima, the god who controls a giant, thrashing catfish that causes earthquakes. The myth offers clues to the mysterious motives of the island's denizens.

Todd Shimoda won the 2010 Elliot Cades Award for Literature from the Hawai'i Literary Arts Council. His previous novel Oh! was an NPR Best Summer Read. The Fourth Treasure was translated into six languages and named a notable book by the Kiriyama Prize.

L.J.C. Shimoda is an accomplished artist, illustrator, and book designer. Her artwork and illustrations have appeared in her husband Todd Shimoda's novels 365 Views of Mt. Fuji, The Fourth Treasure, and Oh!


 

About Todd Shimoda

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Todd Shimoda won the 2010 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, presented by the Hawai’i Literary Arts Council. It is the highest literary honor in the state. Of his previous novels,Oh!was named an NPR summer best read and a notable book by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.The Fourth Treasurewas translated into six languages and was named a notable book by the Kiriyama Prize. His novels have been reviewed and he has been interviewed in many US and international publications such theSan Francisco Chronicle,The Los Angeles Times,The Japan Times, andThe Village Voice. He was born and raised in Colorado, and lives in Hawaii and California. His PhD in science and mathematics education is from the University of California, Berkeley. L.J.C. (Linda) Shimoda is an accomplished artist, illustrator, and book designer. Her artwork and illustrations have appeared in her husband Todd Shimoda's novels,365 Views of Mt. Fuji,The Fourth Treasure, andOh!. Linda's artwork adds a dynamic visual layer to Todd's stories, creating an experience beyond reading. Her art has appeared in many venues and publications, and she received a degree in design from the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Chin Music Press Inc.. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Earthquakes are an apt metaphor for the social disruptions on the island, and Shimoda links modern earthquake science, ancient Japanese myths on the origin of earthquakes, and an unforgettable cast of characters to create a suspenseful, richly illustrated novel.

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Subduction

ForeWord Reviews

Endo is a young physician beginning his residency when an otherwise healthy woman recovering from a simple knee operation dies on his watch.

May 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Subduction

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