Middle Son

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Berkley Books, 2000 - Fiction - 211 pages
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The custom of placing full responsibility for younger siblings on the shoulders of the eldest son is particularly revered in the Fujii family. Spencer's father felt so duty-bound to his childless younger brother that he gave him one of his own children. The same deep sense of duty and sacrifice was expected of Taizo, who proved by age eleven that he had learned the eldest brother's role all too well. Haunted by their roles in Taizo's death, Spencer and youngest brother, William, pledged silence as little boys: "I looked straight at him and my face tightened. 'No tell nothing,' I told him sharply. 'I not going tell nothing,' he said." Now, twenty years later, their mother, upon whom the loss fell like a knife, is dying, and Spencer, her middle son, must break his silence.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A mildly suspenseful, elegiac first novel of a Japanese family tragedy in a Hawaiian sugarcane plantation town: how an elder brother's accidental death haunts the middle son's life for the next 20 ... Read full review


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Deborah Iida, who was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, lives in Kahului, Hawaii, with her husband and their three young children. Winner of the 1994 Maui Writers Guild Grand Prize, she is at work now on a second novel.

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