The Ash Garden by Dennis Bock
A Novel

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...The Ash Garden reads like true history; afterward, it devolves into melodrama. Still, for a first-time novelist, it shows a great deal of future promise, even if it doesn't quite live up to its own promises.
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Emiko Amai is six years old in August 1945 when the Hiroshima bomb burns away half of her face. To Anton, a young German physicist involved in the Manhattan Project, that same bomb represents the pinnacle of scientific elegance. And for his Austrian wife Sophie, a Jewish refugee, it marks the start of an irreparable fissure in their new marriage.

Fifty years later, seemingly far removed from the day that defined their lives, Emiko visits Anton and Sophie, and in Dennis Bock’s powerfully imagined narrative, their histories converge.


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About Dennis Bock

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Dennis Bock lives with his wife and their two sons in Ontario. His novel The Ash Garden was published in nine countries and received the Canada-Japan Literary Award in 2002.  
 
Published January 8, 2002 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by TashaR on Apr 19 2002

...The Ash Garden reads like true history; afterward, it devolves into melodrama. Still, for a first-time novelist, it shows a great deal of future promise, even if it doesn't quite live up to its own promises.

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