Review: Repentance by Andrew Lam

Repentance by Andrew Lam

Publication Date: May 1, 2019
Tiny Fox Press
Paperback & eBook; 308 Pages

France, October 1944. A Japanese American war hero has a secret.

A secret so awful he'd rather die than tell anyone--one so entwined with the brave act that made him a hero that he's determined never to speak of the war. Ever.

Decades later his son, Daniel Tokunaga, a world-famous cardiac surgeon, is perplexed when the U.S. government comes calling, wanting to know about his father's service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during WWII. Something terrible happened while his father was fighting the Germans in France, and the Department of Defense won't stop its investigation until it's determined exactly who did what.

Wanting answers of his own, Daniel upends his life to find out what his father did on a small, obscure hilltop half a world away. As his quest for the truth unravels his family's catastrophic past, the only thing for certain is that nothing--his life, career, and family--can ever be the same again.

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Praise for Repentance

“Suspenseful, touching, and beautifully written.” -Margaret George, New York Times best-selling author of Elizabeth I and Helen of Troy

“A gorgeous, emotional book. A story of honor and sacrifice. An important, and timely, American story.” -Karin Tanabe, author of The Diplomat’s Daughter and The Gilded Years

“An intimate, revealing story of family secrets, love and honor during a turbulent time in Japanese American history.” -Gail Tsukiyama, award-winning author of The Samurai’s Garden and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

“Gripping, engrossing, and poignant. Repentance reveals the nature of combat and its affect on men long after the guns fall silent.” -Susumu Ito, 442nd RCT veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and Congressional Gold Medal



Wow, this was one emotional and powerful read!

Repentance tells the story of Daniel, a cardiac surgeon, his father, and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team which was made up of Japenese American soldiers during WWII. I read a lot of historical fiction set during the Second World War but Repentance sets itself apart. I have never read about the Japenese American soldiers and what they had to go through to fight for the US. Andrew Lam did a phemonenal job of bringing their story to life, their bravery, and the awful treatment they had.

Author Margaret George called Repentance "suspenseful, touching and beautifully written" and I second all of that! Told in two storylines - present day and back during WWII - readers will have a hard time putting this book down!

Lam's writing is exquisite. I practically flew through the pages! In a sea of WWII novels, Lam has created one that will truly intrigue, educate, and captivate you. Highly recommended!

About the Author

Andrew Lam, M.D., is the award-winning author of Repentance, Two Sons of China, and Saving Sight. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Born in Philadelphia and raised in central Illinois, he graduated summa cum laude in history from Yale University, where he studied military history and U.S.-East Asian relations. He then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by specialty training to become a retinal surgeon. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and resides in western Massachusetts with his wife and four children.

His newest book is Repentance, a historical novel and riveting family drama entwined with the history of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a group of Japanese American soldiers who fought valiantly in Europe during WWII while many of their families were incarcerated in camps like Manzanar at home. The 442nd became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.

Learn more at Andrew Lam's website. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

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Review at Bookish Sarah

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Review at Pursuing Stacie
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