A Pale View of Hills is a powerful and disturbing first novel in which the sorrows of war-torn Nagasaki reach deep into the English countryside. Etsuko, a middle-aged Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwells on the recent suicide of her elder daughter, Keiko. Despite the efforts of her surviving daughter, Niki, to distract her thoughts, Etsuko finds herself recalling a particular summer in Nagasaki shortly after the war, after the bomb has fallen. Etsuko remembers the struggles of her family and friends to rebuild their shattered lives. And when her recollections turn to her strange friendship with Sako – a wealthy woman reduced to vagrancy- and with their little girl, Mariko, the reminiscence soon take on a macabre shade. Past and present become fused together in a haunting narrative of Iconic poignancy.