"romano-lax's latest novel is a gift" (foreword reviews) *
"Profoundly inquisitive and compelling" (booklist) *
"impossibly complex and daunting in its believability" (pARIS REVIEW) *
"Blistering social commentary" (straits times) *
"entertaining, provocative and eerily plausible" (japan times) *
"surprises and delights" (new york journal of books) *
"HEART-RENDING" (BOOK RIOT, A BEST BOOK OF 2018)
"Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano Lax is a masterpiece, a story set in a future Japan so deftly drawn that it makes its world seem inevitable." (Jury, sunburst award 2019)
WINNER, SUNBURST AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CANADIAN LITERATURE OF THE FANTASTIC
NEUKOM PRIZE FOR SPECULATIVE FICTION SHORT-LIST FINALIST
A BOOK RIOT BEST BOOK OF 2018
Soho Press, 2018
In a tour-de-force tapestry of science fiction and historical fiction, Andromeda Romano-Lax presents a story set in Japan and Taiwan that spans a century of empire, conquest, progress and destruction.
2029: In Japan, a historically mono-cultural nation, childbirth rates are at an all-time low and the elderly are living increasingly longer lives. This population crisis has precipitated the mass immigration of foreign medical workers from all over Asia, as well as the development of finely tuned artificial intelligence to step in where humans fall short.
In Tokyo, Angelica Navarro, a Filipina nurse works as caretaker for Sayoko Itou, a moody, secretive woman about to turn 100 years old. When Sayoko receives a cutting-edge robot “friend” that will teach itself to anticipate Sayoko’s every need, Angelica fears for her livelihood. But more than a mere job is at stake, especially given the robot's preternatural ability to uncover the most deeply buried secrets of the humans around it.
PLUM RAINS is a hundred-year saga of forbidden love, hidden identities, the legacy of colonialism and the future of our relationships in a distracted and uncertain world.
Andromeda Romano-Lax is the author of four novels and a nonfiction travel narrative. She lives in British Columbia.
"In this profoundly inquisitive and compelling novel, Romano-Lax sets timeless human dilemmas involving love, racism, misogyny, violence, grief, and dissent against environmental decimation, the daunting ethical questions raised by burgeoning AI, and consideration of the very future of humanity.
-Booklist, Starred Review