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Book Review: Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh

Posted on: May 24, 2012

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This book was a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t at all what I expected – I was quite surprised when it finally arrived, and it was such a slim volume. The story of Mr. Oto, Miss Anne and Sophie was sweet and languid, much like the 1940s south the story was set in. I enjoyed the interweaving of the Japanese folk tale about the crane’s wife, and how that was a frame for Sophie and Mr. Oto’s relationship.

However, like another reviewer mentioned, the story left me wanting more, much more. I wanted to know more about Sophie and Mr. Oto’s relationship. About Sophie and Sally’s friendship. About Miss Anne. There were quite a few threads left hanging in this book – I’m not a big fan of the “use your imagination to figure out what happened” literary device.

If you liked The Help, give this one a try. But be prepared to use your imagination.

Reviewed for the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Advanced Reading Copy provided courtesy of Bell Bridge Books.


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