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The Color of Air

(2020)
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"A rich historical novel that illustrates why connection is more important and more vital than ever.” -New York Times bestselling author Lisa See

Daniel Abe, a young doctor in Chicago, is finally coming back to Hawai'i. He has his own reason for returning to his childhood home, but it is not to revisit the past, unlike his Uncle Koji. Koji lives with the memories of Daniel’s mother, Mariko, the love of his life, and the scars of a life hard-lived. He can’t wait to see Daniel, who he’s always thought of as a son, but he knows the time has come to tell him the truth about his mother, and his father. But Daniel’s arrival coincides with the awakening of the Mauna Loa volcano, and its dangerous path toward their village stirs both new and long ago passions in their community.

Alternating between past and present—from the day of the volcano eruption in 1935 to decades prior—The Color of Air interweaves the stories of Daniel, Koji, and Mariko to create a rich, vibrant, bittersweet chorus that celebrates their lifelong bond to one other and to their immigrant community. As Mauna Loa threatens their lives and livelihoods, it also unearths long held secrets simmering below the surface that meld past and present, revealing a path forward for them all.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"The Color of Air is quintessential Tsukiyama, generous in spirit, gorgeously written, and full of secrets and surprises. Every character in this ensemble novel is as compelling and appealing as the next and together they lead the reader into the beating heart of this tight-knit community. A stupendous work." - Karen Joy Fowler

"With a piercing and authentic sense of place, Gail Tsukiyama brings to life a group of ordinary Japanese/Hawaiians with intertwined lives that are filled with love, passion, empathy, wisdom, and joy. Life is hard, but it is not hopeless and in the shadow of the volcano Mauna Loa, unforgettable individuals--drawn by the author with tenderness and in vivid detail--contend with the pain and confusion of the past and the fleeting moments of happiness in the present, letting go of both pain and fear in order to meet the future." - Elizabeth George

"Tsukiyama’s beautiful telling of an island son’s homecoming had me under a spell to the last page. The Color of Air pulls you in gently and takes you deep." - Nancy Horan


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July 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Color of Air: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
ISBN: 0-06-297619-2 / 978-0-06-297619-2 (USA edition)
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May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Color of Air: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
ISBN: 0-06-297620-6 / 978-0-06-297620-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperVia
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July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Color of Air
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
ISBN: 1-09-416295-7 / 978-1-09-416295-9
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July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Color of Air
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
ISBN: 1-09-416296-5 / 978-1-09-416296-6
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July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Color of Air: Library Edition
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
ISBN: 1-09-416294-9 / 978-1-09-416294-2
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Color of Air: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
Publisher: HarperAudio
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July 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Color of Air: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Title: The Color of Air: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
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July 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Color of Air
Author(s): Gail Tsukiyama
Publisher: HarperVia
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