Quick description: Flying Time is a novel about memory. The narrator, Kay Jeynes, is now in her late 80’s but her focus is on the years between 1939 to 1942 when, as a naive young Calgarian, she was the secretary of Japanese-Canadian businessman Hero Miyashita. The relationship between Kay’s family and the Miyashitas, initially wary, grows to warm intimacy, but the clouds of war are gathering. The book ends as the Japanese navy prepares to attack Pearl Harbour, and a dark chapter of Canadian history is about to begin.
Why I recommend this book: Flying Time is a beautifully written evocation of a particular time in the life of Canadians. Most importantly it is a book with a heart, a brain and a funny bone. I recommend this book because I know readers will love it as much as I did.
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