An eminent British writer returns to the resort hotel in the Japanese mountains where he once spent a beautiful, snowed-in winter. It was there he fell in love and wrote his best-selling novel, The Waterwheel, accusing America of being in denial about the horrific aftermath of the Tokyo firebombings and the nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
As we learn more about his earlier life, however - as a student in Bloomsbury, involved with a famous American painter - we realise that he, too, is in denial, trying to escape past events that are now rapidly catching up with him. A sweeping novel of East and West, love and war, truths and denials.
"[A] highly accomplished and moving novel." (The Herald)
"Artistic, literary and thoroughly involving...a novelist who understands the craft of writing and who, in this case, has applied it exquisitely." (Scots Whay Hae)