Eric is a black American soldier stationed in Japan at the height of the Vietnam War. Karen is a white American student who falls in love with him.
Eric is about to be sent to the front line in Vietnam. But he refuses to kill … and the two go into hiding in Tokyo, pursued by both the Japanese police and the American military police.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Japanese students are demonstrating on the streets in protest. The Japanese Riot Police are poised to attack.
Peaceful Circumstances is the story told over a single night by Karen to her father on his deathbed. It raises themes of violence against women and men when war is affecting millions of people.
Peaceful Circumstances is both an exciting thriller and a deeply moving love story between two Americans who are about to come of age.
Praise for The Unmaking of an American: “Roger has fearlessly thrown himself into the whirlpool of cross-culturalism. His life reads like an adventure story.”—Ryuichi Sakamoto
Praise for The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn: “Roger Pulvers has spun a highly readable and enjoyable portrayal of an unconventional man who embraced Japan in a time of transition, and who struggled intellectually and emotionally to come to grips with sweeping change.”—The Japan Times
Praise for Liv: “A gripping mystery, of a present haunted by the past, but also a profoundly moral book, asking of the reader: what would you do? In this, Liv deserves comparison with novels as great as An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro and The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.” —David Peace, author of Tokyo Year Zero
Publication date: 15 October 2019
Format: Paperback (Demy octavo) 216mm x 138mm
Cover illustration by Lucy Pulvers