The heat of the sun : a novel
Australian writer David Rain was inspired to write this wide-ranging historical novel after a friend asked him a simple question at the end of a performance of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly: “I wonder whatever happened to that boy?” That boy is Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, Jr., better known as “Trouble.” Trouble is the inconvenient son of a feckless American sailor and his soon-to-be-jilted Japanese bride. Told from the point of view of Trouble’s boarding school chum, Woodley Sharpless, Rain’s novel spans the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II. As Trouble and Woodley travel from New England, to New York City, to Washington D.C., to Shanghai, to Los Alamos, and finally to Nagasaki, they become witnesses to many of the most important historical events of their era. Yet their story remains an intensely personal one of identity, friendship, loss, longing, and forbidden love.