Teddy Maki is a Japanese American jazz musician trapped in Tokyo and dragged into the Japanese army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Thirty years later, Maki is a big star on Japanese TV, but wrestles with the guilt he’s been carrying since the war. This all-new edition of Soldiers in Hiding includes an introduction by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and a new preface from the author, and has been published to coincide with the release of the prequel to Soldiers in Hiding, Commodore Perry’s Minstrel Show, available from the University of Texas Press.
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, 1987
Richard Wiley’s Pen/Faulkner Award winning Soldiers in Hiding launched the Hawthorne Books Rediscovery series. In his introduction to this book, Wole Soyinka said Soldiers in Hiding was, “the most seductive and compelling of his works so far.”
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A rich and ingenious novel that succeeds brilliantly.
- The New York Times
Wonderful … Original … Terrific … Haunting … Reading Soldiers in Hiding is like watching a man on a high wire.
- The Los Angeles Times
Extraordinary … A feat of the imagination rendered with surprising skill … you’ll remember this book for a long time.
- Chicago Sun-Times
Intelligent and interesting … daring and entirely convincing.
- The Washington Post
A mature novel … the spirit of Graham Greene is here.
- Kirkus Reviews
Admirable, smooth, dispassionate … for an American to write from a Japanese standpoint, regardless of how long he has studied their culture, is an act of extreme literary bravery.
- Christian Science Monitor
A work of exceptional power and imagination.
- Publishers Weekly
Superb … First-rate … Ingeniously plotted with surprising twists and turns that continually move the story in unexected directions.
- The Seattle Times
Richly imagined and wonderfully written … Richard Wiley is a first-rate talent.
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Satisfying … Draws the reader into a combination of surprising plot turns and richly textured characters.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution