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New David Rain novel announced

David Rain’s new novel VOLCANO STREET will be published in the UK by Atlantic Books in December 2014. Here’s what the book jacket will look like, and here’s what it will say on the jacket …   Marlo said suddenly, ‘I don’t like it here.’ Something in her voice was wild, almost pleading, and Skip…
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“One of the best recent historical novels”

Today a very positive review of The Heat of the Sun appeared on book discussion site Upcoming4.me, which calls the novel “One of the best recent historical novels … It is a book that can be enjoyed by everyone, including people who have never heard about Madame Butterfly. “The Heat of the Sun” is bravely…
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Heat of the Sun in the New York Times

Today’s New York Times music section features an article called “Liberating the Librettos” by Anthony Tommasini, the paper’s chief music critic, which explores the subject of “opera what-ifs.” Here’s an excerpt: “Most opera fans are intensely involved with the characters of great operas. We are protective of them, even the evil ones. “There is a…
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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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Pre-order US Picador paperback edition of The Heat of the Sun

Picador will release The Heat of the Sun in paperback in the US in November 2013. You can now pre-order it on Amazon. The previous cover designs were remarkably different from each other and this one is very different again. We’re thrilled with this subtle but evocative image, as well as the great quotation from…
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The Literary Sofa reviews The Heat of the Sun

David Rain’s skill in imagining the life of “that boy” is instantly apparent. As narrator it is Trouble’s contemporary Woodley Sharpless who recounts different phases of their complex friendship in an ingenious operatic structure and with a highly engaging voice. The historical setting is vividly rendered, from the decadence of 1920s New York to the…
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“Ya got Trouble”: fabulous piece about The Heat of the Sun in Opera News

The April 2013 issue of US magazine Opera News contains a fabulous piece about The Heat of the Sun. Key quote: “It’s a wildly audacious and compellingly written book … Reading The Heat of the Sun is like watching an author keep daring himself to take higher and higher hurdles and clearing them every time; he…
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The New Zealand Herald reviews The Heat of the Sun

“The story of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, is widely known. In brief, a young American naval lieutenant, Pinkerton, woos and marries a Japanese maiden, Cho Cho San (Butterfly). After they spend their wedding night together, he sails away, promising to return. This he does, three years later, bringing with him his new American wife; Japanese…
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This Side of Paradise

I always think it’s a bit odd when novelists liken the publication of novels to childbirth, but the naming of a book is one way in which the whole business is similar. The Heat of the Sun had many names while I was writing it, not all of which I can remember, but it was…
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