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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date January 22, 2008
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Abridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780739358733
ISBN-10 0739358731
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 6 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $29.95
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In 1959, Haruko marries the Crown Prince of Japan, becoming the first commoner to enter the mysterious and reclusive world of Japanese royalty, confronting the cruelty and suspicions of the court, until, three decades later, she helps arrange the marriage of her son, in a novel inspired by the real-life stories of the reigning empress and crown princess of Japan. Simultaneous.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: It is 1959 when Haruko, a young woman of good family, marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. She is the first non-aristocratic woman to enter the longest-running, almost hermetically sealed, and mysterious monarchy in the world. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress and her minions, Haruko is controlled at every turn. The only interest the court has in her is her ability to produce an heir. After finally giving birth to a son, Haruko suffers a nervous breakdown and loses her voice. However, determined not to be crushed by the imperial bureaucrats, she perseveres. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman—a rising star in the foreign ministry—to accept the marriage proposal of her son, the Crown Prince. The consequences are tragic and dramatic.

Told in the voice of Haruko, meticulously researched and superbly imagined, The Commoner is the mesmerizing, moving, and surprising story of a brutally rarified and controlled existence at once hidden and exposed, and of a complex relationship between two isolated women who, despite being visible to all, are truly understood only by each other. With the unerring skill of a master storyteller, John Burnham Schwartz has written his finest novel yet.

Editions
Paperback
Book cover for 9781400096053
 
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (January 6, 2009)
9781400096053 | details & prices | 351 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.58 lbs | List price $15.95
This edition also contains The Commoner
About: In this national bestseller from the author of Reservation Road, a young woman, Haruko, becomes the first nonaristocratic woman to penetrate the Japanese monarchy.
With O. William Blake | from Prentice Hall (June 1, 1964); titled "Lead-Up Games to Team Sports"
9780135270288 | details & prices | List price $34.45
This edition also contains Lead-Up Games to Team Sports, The Commoner
About: Diagramed instructions for a wide variety of games tailored to all grade levels for the development of the basic skills and strategies needed for nine standard team sports
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780739358733
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Abridged edition from Random House (January 22, 2008)
9780739358733 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $29.95
About: In 1959, Haruko marries the Crown Prince of Japan, becoming the first commoner to enter the mysterious and reclusive world of Japanese royalty, confronting the cruelty and suspicions of the court, until, three decades later, she helps arrange the marriage of her son, in a novel inspired by the real-life stories of the reigning empress and crown princess of Japan.
Library
Book cover for 9781602852211
 
Large print edition from Center Point Pub (July 1, 2008)
9781602852211 | details & prices | 326 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.16 lbs | List price $33.95
This edition also contains The Commoner
About: It is 1959 when Haruko, a young woman of good family, marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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