Lovers Overcome Racial Taboos: The Silk Box Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated historical fiction book from Los Angeles, CA author, Shirley Mihoko Hairston.

Los Angeles, CA, November 14, 2011 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published The Silk Box, a Love Story by Shirley Mihoko Hairston. The author's most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the historical fiction category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Silk Box, a Love Story is also available in a 6 x 9 hardback edition with jacket. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

“Mi-Chan” Mihoko Namura took the last train to Hiroshima on the morning of August 6, 1945. In a flash of brilliant light, the atomic bomb devastated her city and forever changed her life.

Five years later, at a US Air Base, the genteel, vulnerable Mi-Chan meets a handsome Black American, “Sonny” Charles Drake, Jr. -- a hip, brash man who instantly steals her heart. Ultimately the two are forced to part ways, and their love story unfolds across continents as each one undergoes tremendous tribulations before they can at last be reunited.

This is an interracial love story about hope -- about overcoming odds and challenging taboos. It features a rich tapestry of characters set against a backdrop of turbulent and life-changing world history, and the story will hold special meaning for modern-day readers as our world undergoes its own global turning point.

The Silk Box is a poignant tale of love and courage that will unite all hearts.

263 pages in length, The Silk Box, a Love Story is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the historical fiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, The Silk Box, a Love Story meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $14.95 and $27.95 for the paperback and hardback editions, respectively.

Additionally, The Silk Box, a Love Story can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432762841

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream

SRP: $14.95

ISBN: 9781432767037

Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket

SRP: $27.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

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.).

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Kelly Schuknecht