- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 13, 2014)
One summer night in prewar Japan, eleven-year-old Billy Reynolds takes snapshots at his parent’s dinner party. That same evening his father Anton–a prominent American architect–begins a torrid affair with the wife of his master carpenter. A world away in New York, Cameron Richards rides a Ferris Wheel with his sweetheart and dreams about flying a plane. Though seemingly disparate moments, they will all draw together to shape the fate of a young girl caught in the midst of one of WWII’s most horrific events–the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo.
Exquisitely-rendered, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment tells the stories of families on both sides of the Pacific: their loves and infidelities, their dreams and losses–and their shared connection to one of the most devastating acts of war in human history.
“Epstein’s second novel (after The Painter from Shanghai) is bursting with characters and locales. Yet painful, authentic (Epstein has lived and worked in Asia), and exquisite portraits emerge of the personal impact of national conflicts—and how sometimes those conflicts can be bridged by human connections.” (Publishers Weekly)
Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment and the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Self, Mademoiselle andNBC, and has worked in Hong Kong, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand.
Jennifer lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two daughters and especially needy Springer Spaniel.
Jennifer Cody Epstein’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, January 13th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, January 13th: Now is Gone – giveaway
Tuesday, January 14th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, January 14th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, January 15th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Friday, January 17th: The Best Books Ever
Sunday, January 19th: Writer Unboxed – author guest post
Tuesday, January 21st: Bookish Ardour
Wednesday, January 22nd: Bookfoolery
Thursday, January 23rd: She Treads Softly
Friday, January 24th: A Reader of Fictions
Wednesday, January 29th: Book-a-licous Mama
Thursday, January 30th: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, February 4th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Wednesday, February 5th: Bibliotica
Thursday, February 6th: Lavish Bookshelf
Thursday, February 13th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Friday, February 14th: Books are the New Black