Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly famously ends in blood: the geisha known as Butterfly kills herself when she learns that the father of her son, Lieutenant Pinkerton, has returned to Japan with his new American wife. But for Angela Davis-Gardner, this tragedy is only the beginning as she imagines the eventful future of Benji, Butterfly’s Child (Dial, $15). Back on their Illinois farm, Pinkerton and his wife Kate conceal Benji’s origins and raise him as an orphan—but their families, friends, neighbors, and eventually Benji himself guess the truth. In lovely, meditative prose, Davis-Gardner evokes Midwestern farm life and 19th-century Nagasaki with equal poise. Fans of understated, sophisticated historical fiction will find much to love and admire here.
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ISBN: 9780385340953
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - April 10th, 2012