It’s 1943 as air-raid sirens blare in Japanese-occupied Taiwan. Eight-year-old Saburo is in no hurry to go home to the abuse he suffers at the hands of his parents and older brother. Feeling through the peach forests of Taoyuan, he stumbles upon Yoshiko, whose descriptions of her loving family are to Saburo like a glimpse of paradise. Meeting her is a moment he will remember forever, and for years he will try to find her again. But when he finally does, she is by the side of his eldest brother, his greatest rival.
As the Chinese Nationalist Army lays claim to the island after the war, Saburo bravely struggles to escape the future assigned him by heritage and circumstance. The Third Son is a richly textured story of lives governed by the inheritance of family and the legacy of culture, and of a young man determined to free himself from both.
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