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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

(2015)
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In the tradition of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Piano Teacher, a heart-wrenching debut novel of family, forgiveness, and the exquisite pain of love

When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn't believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly forty years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora's Box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. She is forced to confront her memories of the years before the war: of the daughter she tried too hard to protect and the love affair that would drive them apart, and even further back, to the long, sake-pouring nights at a hostess bar where Ama first learned that a soft heart was a dangerous thing. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle?

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"Mesmerizing, heart-wrenching...I had to hide my tears." - Robin Oliveira


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Hardback Editions

2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
ISBN: 0-09-195906-3 / 978-0-09-195906-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
ISBN: 0-09-959247-9 / 978-0-09-959247-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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December 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
ISBN: 0-14-312825-6 / 978-0-14-312825-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

December 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: A Novel
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
ISBN: 1-5046-5660-1 / 978-1-5046-5660-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: A Novel
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
ISBN: 1-5046-5659-8 / 978-1-5046-5659-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: A Novel
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

December 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: A Novel
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
Publisher: Penguin Books
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July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Author(s): Jackie Copleton
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Availability: Amazon UK