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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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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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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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Book Chase reviews The Heat of the Sun

“David Rain’s debut novel, The Heat of the Sun, is an unusual and ambitious one … He numbers Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald among his favorite authors, and there are shades of both in his debut novel. The novel also reminds me a bit of John Irving’s work and, bottom line, The Heat of the…
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The Heat of the Sun a “Fiction Top Pick” for December

US magazine Bookpage has made The Heat of the Sun a “Fiction Top Pick” for December 2012. In its review, Bookpage calls The Heat of the Sun “an explosive story of friendship” and “a sensitive, intelligent snapshot of a watershed moment in our country’s history.” The review continues: “Rain’s worthy novel is a touching, often…
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Curled Up With a Good Book reviews The Heat of the Sun

“Profound and operatic … The novel unfolds in melancholy beauty … Incorporating a descriptive pointillism distinctly his own, Rain’s powerful images sear into the reader’s mind a panoramic view of history, the rise of a nuclear armed world, and a realistic and brutally honest portrayal of the ripple affect of human atrocities. Amid all is…
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Feathered Quill reviews The Heat of the Sun

“An amazingly accomplished writer … a masterpiece of imagery, depth and range. The fact that The Heat of the Sun is David Rain’s debut novel is somewhat shocking to me. I honestly believe not only this body of work, but future endeavors will be stories that rest among that place reserved for some of the…
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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.

Kirkus Reviews on The Heat of the Sun

“A remarkable debut that reinvents, elaborates and extends into the late 20th century the story Puccini made famous in Madama Butterfly. “Woodley Sharpless—orphan, cripple, closeted homosexual—is a noted biographer. He guides us through the life story of Ben “Trouble” Pinkerton. Trouble is the apt name for a man who makes a scene on the periphery of…
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The Book Boy reviews The Heat of the Sun

“This stunning debut, by Australian-born David Rain, takes the story of that famous Geisha girl and gives it an American twist … Rain’s writing is incredibly clever. His colourful prose transports you to roaring Manhattan, to Nagasaki, to Mexico. The dialogue between the two main characters is believable, honest, and told in such a way…
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