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The Butterfly Effect

It was the best idea I’d ever had. Filing out of the Prague State Opera, my partner asked me suddenly: “What happened to that boy?” The boy was “Trouble,” Madame Butterfly’s son, played in most productions by a blond, Western child. In the port of Nagasaki, Trouble’s mother, a geisha, had for one ecstatic season…
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Irish Times reviews The Heat of the Sun

If you’re familiar with Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly you’ll know that the geisha Cio-Cio-San dies in the third act, despairing that her American lover, Lieut Pinkerton, has abandoned her and their son. But what happened next? David Rain gamely takes up the story a little after Puccini left off … This book is a thing…
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Washington Post reviews The Heat of the Sun

A curious review of The Heat of the Sun in the Washington Post for December 4, 2012, which calls the novel “operatic” but seems equivocal about what to make of that. Reviewer Wendy Smith complains about “over-the-top plot twists” and “melodrama” but also says that “Rain is a talented writer, and ‘The Heat of the Sun’ is…
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Tartarin: The Opera That Never Was

Much is made in The Heat of the Sun of a Puccini opera called Tartarin. This opera does not exist. Why mention it? My narrator, on the second page of the preface he calls the “Overture,” writes: “The opera, you will recall, is based on a novel by Alphonse Daudet. In the figure of Tartarin,…
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Booklist reviews The Heat of the Sun

“What happened to the characters in Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly after Cio-Cio-San’s suicide? Australian author Rain imagines some answers in . . . [a first novel that is] dramatic, even operatic, and an engaging read.” Booklist is a publication of the American Library Associates and reviews requires registration for access.

The Heat of the Sun: The Music

There are many references to music in The Heat of the Sun, and we’ve put together a playlist on Spotify so you can listen to it yourself. We couldn’t find it all. Some of the music is imaginary, notably Puccini’s Tartarin, the opera based on Alphonse Daudet’s 1872 novel Tartarin de Tarascon, a project the…
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