Loren Stephens in conversation with Jonathan Kirsch discusses "All Sorrows Can Be Borne"
Join us on Tuesday, May 11th at 6:30 pm PST for a virtual event with Loren Stephens in conversation with Jonathan Kirsch as they discuss All Sorrows Can Be Borne.
This event is free to attend and will be held on Crowdcast. Register here!
Inspired by true events, All Sorrows Can Be Borne is the story of Noriko Ito, a Japanese woman faced with unimaginable circumstances that force her to give up her son to save her husband. Set in Hiroshima, Osaka, and the badlands of eastern Montana and spanning the start of World War II to 1982, this breathtaking novel is told primarily in the voice of Noriko, a feisty aspiring actress who fails her audition to enter the Takarazuka Theater Academy. Instead, she takes the “part” of a waitress at a European-style tearoom in Osaka where she meets the mysterious and handsome manager, Ichiro Uchida. They fall in love over music and soon marry. After Noriko becomes pregnant during their seaside honeymoon, Ichiro is diagnosed with tuberculosis, destroying their dreams.
Noriko gives birth to a healthy baby boy, but to give the child a better life, Ichiro convinces her to give the toddler to his older sister and her Japanese-American husband, who live in Montana. Noriko holds on to the belief that this inconceivable sacrifice will lead to her husband’s recovery. What happens next is unexpected and shocking and will affect Noriko for the rest of her life.
Eighteen years later, her son enlists in the U.S. Navy and is sent to Japan. Finally, he is set to meet his birth mother, but their reunion cracks open the pain and suffering Noriko has endured. With depth and tenderness, All Sorrows Can Be Borne is a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores how families are shaped by political and economic circumstances, tremendous loss and ultimately forgiveness.
Loren Stephens is a widely published essayist and fiction and nonfiction storyteller. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. She is a two-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize and the book Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Review, by Cliff Simon with Loren Stephens was named one of the best titles from an independent press by Kirkus. She is president and founder of the ghostwriting companies, Write Wisdom and Bright Star Memoirs. Prior to establishing her company, Loren was a documentary filmmaker. She is a member of the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League; a member of its Deborah Awards Committee for Outstanding Women; and a member of Greenlight Women, an organization of women in the entertainment industry who serve as mentors.
Jonathan Kirsch is the book editor of the Jewish Journal, a book reviewer for The Washington Post, the author of 13 books, and a publishing attorney.