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Barbara Jefferson, a young American teaching in Tokyo in the 1960s, is set on a life-changing quest when her Japanese surrogate mother, Michi, dies, leaving her a tansu of homemade plum wines wrapped in rice paper. Within the papers Barbara discovers writings in Japanese calligraphy that comprise a startling personal narrative. With the help of her translator, Seiji Okada, Barbara begins to unravel the mysteries of Michi's life, a story that begins in the early twentieth century and continues through World War II and its aftermath.

As Barbara and Seiji translate the plum wine papers they form an intimate bond, with Michi a ghostly third in what becomes an increasingly uneasy triangle. Barbara is deeply affected by the revelation that Michi and Seiji are hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, and even harder for her to understand are the devastating psychological effects wrought by war. Plum Wine examines human relationships, cultural differences, and the irreparable consequences of war in a story that is both original and timeless.

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Hardback Editions

January 2006 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Plum Wine: A Novel
Author(s): Angela Davis-Gardner
ISBN: 0-299-21160-6 / 978-0-299-21160-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Plum Wine
Author(s): Angela Davis-Gardner
ISBN: 0-385-34083-4 / 978-0-385-34083-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
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Audio Editions

May 2007 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Plum Wine
Author(s): Angela Davis-Gardner
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2006 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Plum Wine
Author(s): Angela Davis-Gardner
ISBN: 1-4281-3566-9 / 978-1-4281-3566-6 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

April 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Plum Wine: A Novel (Library of American Fiction)
Author(s): Angela Davis-Gardner
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
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