Image of Rain Song


Image of Rain Song

Wisler's debut novel contains eccentric characters and a mixture of cultures (Southern U.S. and Japanese). While the ending is a bit abrupt, the book is well written and includes discussion questions and a recipe for pineapple chutney.

Born to missionary parents in Japan but raised by her grandmother in North Carolina, Nicole has spent the last 28 years avoiding airplanes and everything Japanese. She has few memories of her mother, who died in a fire there, but she does have a doll that she has kept since childhood.

After being dumped by her boyfriend, she meets Harrison online. They have a great deal in common, including their love of fish, having missionary parents and being born in Japan, where he still lives. Nicole is shocked to learn that Harrison knew her as a child. Harrison tells her that he wants her to visit, as do others who knew her as a child. Nicole longs to learn more about her childhood, but will her fears hold her captive in America? (BETHANY HOUSE, Oct., 304 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee