The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a long one, over 400 pages, but so worth the time it takes to read. The book, published in 2008, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.
Historical fiction, the story is about a young man of British and Chinese descent who lives in Malaya during WWII. Conflicting ties to his country and his Japanese sensei make his war-time decisions ones which might alienate him from his fellow countrymen and family.
This is a gripping story about honor, love, and karma. The writing is beautifully descriptive. Its message is one which will remain with me for a lifetime.