A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe
Publisher/Year: St. Martin’s Press, 2020
Format: ARC – paperback
Sun-drenched days and champagne-soaked nights of secrets, betrayal, and passion will transport you, leaving you intoxicated and longing for more.
1933 Indochine is a lush and dangerous land filled with men and women looking to make their fortunes and leave their secrets behind. Into the expatriate community steps Jessie Lesage, the American wife of a Michelin rubber heir, ready to abandon her past and revel in newfound prosperity. She quickly befriends vivacious Marcelle de Fabry and her lover, silk tycoon Khoi Nguyen–but discovers that Marcelle might have her own hidden desires that could mean deadly trouble for their tight-knit circle. As political intrigue builds and Marcelle plays both sides of the line between friend and foe, Jessie begins to wonder if her world of gold is nothing more than a house of cards.
What I thought
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!
This book was such a breath of fresh air for me. You ever have those books where you know that it was exactly the right moment for you to read them? That was this book for me. This story was so different and lush, and it was just not what I was expecting. I love it when that happens–it’s so refreshing. A Hundred Suns transported me to a time and place that I had never read about before, and I think that historical fiction fans will really love this one. Other than the atmospheric prose, I really enjoyed Jessie and Marcelle as characters and became completely invested in their stories. And then on top of that, the deeper look at things like colonialism and communism in French Indochine gave me so much food for thought. Simply put, I got lost in the pages of this book, and during a year like 2020, what more could you ask for? If you’re a fan of historical fiction or if you’re looking for the next selection for your book club or even if you’re just looking for something totally unique, I’d highly recommend this one!