Alumna’s debut novel is a bestseller

Fifty Words for Rain (Dutton, 2020), a New York Times bestseller and a Good Morning America Book Club Pick, is the debut novel of 2015 Boston College alumna Asha Lemmie. Fifty Words for Rain tells the story of Nori, the daughter of a married Japanese aristocrat and an African American GI, coming of age in post World War II Japan. Abandoned by her mother, Nori is taken in by her grandparents, only to be concealed because she is a threat to their royal pedigree. The sweeping epic spans decades and countries and tackles topics such as love and loss, prejudice, and family ties. Fifty Words for Rain was named a “Best Book of the Month” by Amazon and a “Discover Pick of the Month” by Barnes & Noble. It also was listed on USA Today‘s best-selling books list. Publishers Weekly review: “Sometimes bleak, sometimes hopeful, Lemmie’s heartbreaking story of familial obligations packs an emotional wallop.” Good Morning America interview.

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