Love Vanquishes Barrier of Culture in The Silk Box, A Love Story, Published by Outskirts Press

Author Shirley Mihoko Hairston’s new historical fiction is an interracial love story of a Japanese girl and a Black American airman overcoming odds, challenging taboos and finding hope during the turbulent era after the devastation of 1945 Hiroshima. Her parents’ love story was the inspiration for the book.

Los Angeles, CA, November 08, 2011 --( Novelist Shirley Mihoko Hairston announced today the release of The Silk Box, A Love Story, published by Outskirts Press. Hairston offers her readers a poignant tale of the perseverance, courage and hope shared by one interracial couple who battled the barriers of a post-war culture that showed little forgiveness for their love.

On a hot August morning in 1945, “Mi-Chan” Mihoko Namura had caught the last train to Hiroshima so she could return after a weekend with her parents to her life at the university. Suddenly she found herself lying bloodied and disfigured in the rubble around her. In one startling flash of brilliant light, the atomic bomb had devastated her city and changed her life forever.

Five years later, at a United States Air Base, the genteel and vulnerable Mi-Chan meets a handsome Black American, “Sonny” Charles Drake, Jr. He is hip, he is brash and in an instant he steals the young girl’s heart forever. Their remarkable love story unfolds across two continents as the two are forced to separate and undergo tremendous tribulations before they can finally be reunited in their love.

The Silk Box, A Love Story features a rich tapestry of characters set against the backdrop of those life changing days of world history that author Hairston convincingly shows parallel in today’s global turning points.

The Silk Box, A Love Story is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, iBookstore and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-6284-1 SRP: $14.95
6 x 9 hardback with jacket 978-1-4327-6703-7 $27.95
e-Book $ 5.00
Genre: Fiction/historical

About the author:

Shirley Mihoko Hairston was born in an Army hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, shortly after the Korean War, to Mihoko, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, and Charles, an African-American paratrooper in the Korean War. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but moved west to attend UCLA, where she obtained a degree in history. She is married to Ron Hairston and is the mother of Tamiko and Ronald and grandmother to KJ (Kelvin Hunter, Jr.).

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