The Woman in the White Kimono

Author: Johns, Ana

Publication Date:

May 2019



Original language and publisher


Historical Fiction

The Woman in the White Kimono

Author: Johns, Ana

  • 2 Seas Represents: Dutch and Nordic rights.
  • Rights sold: UK & Comm (Legend Press), Audio (Bolinda), Bulgaria (Ciela Norma), Catalan (Empuries), Croatia (Mozaik), Czech Republic (Leda), Hungary (Alexandra, at auction), Italy (TEA/GeMS, in a pre-empt), Iran, Macedonia (Kultura), Norway (Strawberry), Poland (Kobiece), Romania (Litera), Russia (Arkadia), Spain (Planeta),  Serbia (Vulkan), The Netherlands (De Fontein), Sweden (Jentas), Denmark (Jentas)


“THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO is an elegant testament to the tenacity of hope, even when the bindings of cultural and familial expectations are drawn so tight. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.” – Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

“Cinematic, deeply moving, and beautifully written. I so enjoyed this.’ – Carol Mason, #1 bestselling author of AFTER YOU LEFT.

“Ana Johns’ THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO is a powerful and heartbreaking literary debut; a lush and masterful exploration of the indomitability of the human spirit set against the backdrop of post-World War II Japan. Johns’ exquisite and emotionally satisfying tale spans a cultural divide to marry a mother’s courageous determination to protect her daughter at any cost with a daughter’s quest for truth. I loved this book!” – Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER

Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man. An American sailor, a gaijin—and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovač, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation—one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family, and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her half-way around the world to a remote sea-side village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American History, Ana Johns’ The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

Akin to Madame Butterfly—except she lives to tell …

A poignant, sweeping novel of spirit and love – between fathers and daughters and husbands and wives— that travels the difficult road to acceptance through secrets, sacrifice, and lies.  With intertwined stories of love and loss that illuminate the aftermath of war and those forever caught in-between: as both women, past and present, confront social stigmas, secret burial grounds, exiled communities, and the gut-wrenching consequences of their own choices.

Ana Johns worked for over twenty-years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. Born and raised in Detroit, this is her first historical fiction and is aimed at the reading group market.