Please Enjoy Your Happiness
An evocative memoir. A beautiful journey to half a century and half a world away. An ageless love story.
Pulitzer Prize–winning war correspondent Paul Brinkley‑Rogers has lived an adventurous life all over the world. But there is one story he cannot forget: that of his haunting love affair with a mysterious older Japanese woman in 1959. Paul was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri‑La that long‑ago summer when he met Kaji Yukiko in the seaport of Yokosuka. A fierce intellectual, Yukiko shared her astonishing knowledge of literature, film, and poetry with Paul and encouraged, even demanded, that he use his gifts to become the writer he is today.
But theirs was not a quiet love story. When a member of the yakuza, Japan’s brutal crime syndicate, attempted to kidnap Yukiko, Paul realized that there was much more to her—and to Japan in the devastating wake of World War II—than he saw at first glance. Through the searing letters that Yukiko wrote to him and Paul’s vivid telling of a history made all the more powerful and poignant by the weight of time, Please Enjoy Your Happiness reaches across decades and continents, inviting us all to revisit those loves of our lives that never do end.
- Touchstone |
- 368 pages |
- ISBN 9781501151255 |
- August 2016
A Love Story That Reaches Across Decades and Continents
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With an intimacy underscored by lyrical prose, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Paul Brinkley-Rogers brings his journalistic gifts to his own past and a long-ago love in his thrilling memoir Please Enjoy Your Happiness.
More than fifty years ago, Brinkley-Rogers was a sailor aboard the Shangri-La when it docked in the seaside Japanese town of Yokosuka. While on leave, his life fatefully intersects with that of Kaji Yukiko, an older woman with a fertile mind and troubled past. Despite their drastically different backgrounds and age gap, their relationship blossoms through shared experiences, a series of letters, and deep conversations on life, love, and art. But their burgeoning love is not without its complications.
Evocative and deeply personal, Please Enjoy Your Happiness is universal in its themes of love, fate, and memory.
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