2008 "First U.S. Edition" stated; Weinstein Books publishers; hardbound with aero blue and dark blue boards and nice gilt lettering on spine; very good condition; dust jacket good also.
The Gift of Rain is the first novel by Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng. It was published in 2007 by Myrmidon Books in the UK and the following year by Weinstein Books in the US, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize that year.
The novel is set in Penang. It concerns Philip Hutton, of mixed Chinese-English heritage, and his relationship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat who teaches him aikido. As war looms and the Japanese invade, both Endo and Philip find themselves torn between their loyalty to each other, versus loyalty to their country and family, respectively. Philip decides to assist the Japanese and Endo in administering the country in an attempt to keep his family safe, but wherever possible, he passes intelligence to the guerrilla fighters of Force 136, which include his best friend Kon...