Rain Song is the story of Nicole who was traumatized by an airplane ride as a child. Nicole survived her mother in a fire in Japan, and was mostly raised by her grandmother. Her father has shut out the past completely, and Nicole grows up with a lot of questions about her mother and her life in Japan.
This is a touching story. It is the second time in a short while that I read two books that were different from the crowd. The first one was The Sea and the Silence that I reviewed last week. And now Rain Song. Both of these stories are built around a person’s feelings and emotions, largely developed by one defining moment, one spectacular event in their lives. We learn a lot about Nicole in this book. There is a story behind everything she does. Or doesn’t.
Nicole starts corresponding with a young man in Japan. As they become fond of each other, Nicole is troubled with the fatality of the whole thing since she can never, will never, ever board a plane. She is afraid of flying, you see. Nicole’s grandmother is a driving force in her life. So is her great aunt. They are all busy planning their annual reunion and we hear a lot about her aunt’s fascination for cucumber sandwiches. Then there is the ritual of making pineapple chutney – a family tradition.
Rain Song reinforces why I love Kindle books. There is always the element of surprise. And you never know when a good story will sneak its way into your heart. Rain Song is a touching read for anyone who values family, has ever faced a fear that seems ridiculous to others, and has at least once in their life thought ‘what if’ a certain event had not taken place. Rain Song might make you shed a tear or two, but it will also warm your heart.