Miss Gone-overseas by Mitchell Hagerstrom

Tiny TOE Press

MISS GONE-OVERSEAS

a novella
136 pages
Mitchell Hagerstrom

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::ABOUT THE BOOK::

In the sparse, lyrical style of a classic pillow book, Miss Gone-overseas chronicles a wartime life that doesn’t focus on guns, bombs or military depredations, but on the pedestrian life of a lower-class Japanese woman as she reflects on the turmoil around her. Set on a lush tropical island during the later part of World War II, the book begins and ends with separations that are also beginnings.

Historical Fiction

::PRESS::

Kindle Author w/ Michael Davidson
Rumination Avenue w/ Christi Vitela

::PRAISE::

This is an expertly crafted little book that paints a rich picture with minimal brush strokes. Just enough detail to set the scene and tell the story. I can see how this might not sit well with someone expecting a straightforward story with everything explained, but for a reader willing to stretch the mind, this is an exercise that will leave one glowing with pleasure. I’m delighted to have stumbled across this gem.
-Amazon review

In the space of this novella, Hagerstrom, created a character that finds her way into your heart as a living breathing woman. I fell into the spell by a good storyteller. I could “see” the beads of sweat glistening on her skin, I could “hear” the clicking of the go stones, I could “feel” the intense oppressive humidity of the island. When the tale ended I felt this world Hagerstrom had created evaporate; how I miss it.
-Amazon review

I quite simply could not put the book (Kindle) down. I knew the Japanese held the old Japanese Mandates/ US Trust Territory and now Federated States of Micronesia but didn’t realize the extent of Japnese colonies there. But this isn’t a history book, rather, the story of one Japanese comfort woman as WW2 ends in the Pacific. Like the previous reviewer, I could feel the breeze and smell the jasmine. As with the best of novels I was left wanting even more.
-Amazon review

This short novel was a wonderful diary like compilation of the times of a Japanese sex slave during World War II. Without the need for graphic writing, the story conveyed a haunting loneliness during a challenging time regardless of whose side you are on.
-Amazon review

Enjoyed this book, especially the spare style. Hagerstrom tells a lovely story of a difficult time, letting the plain language convey worlds of emotion just under the surface. Want to read more by this author.
-Goodreads review

::PERUSE::

Also available at Farewell Books in Austin, Texas.

::ABOUT THE AUTHOR::

Mitchell Anne Hagerstrom was born in Iowa City, now lives in Austin. In between were sojourns on (or in) the East Coast, the West Coast, two Southern states, a Mid-West state, some Pacific Islands, and the Far East. Many of these locales reappear in her fictions.

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January 23, 2011 10:41 pm

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