In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow


When the spirit of an American airman befriends a Japanese woman and her daughter in the days before the Hiroshima bomb, he races against time to save the ones he loves the most.

When American WWII bombardier Micah Lund dies on a mission over Japan, his spirit remains trapped as a yūrei ghost. Dazed, he follows Kiyomi Oshiro, a war widow struggling to care for her young daughter, Ai, as food is scarce, work at the factory is brutal, and her inlaws treat her like a servant. Watching Kiyomi and Ai together, Micah’s intolerance for the enemy is challenged. As his concern for the mother and daughter grows, so does his guilt for his part in their suffering.

Micah discovers a new reality when Kiyomi and Ai dreamone which allows him to interact with them. While his feelings for them deepen, imminent destruction looms. Hiroshima is about to be bombed, and Micah must warn Kiyomi and her daughter.

In a place where dreams are real, Micah races against time to save Kiyomi and Ai, while battling the old beliefs he embodied as a soldier and his idea of family.

In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is a tale about love in its most extraordinary formsforgiveness, sacrifice, and perseverance against impossible odds.

“This is an extraordinarily imaginative and compelling exploration of love, death, race, and patriotism with countless unusual twists to keep the reader guessing. Thorough research and stylish execution make for a striking tour de force.”

Kirkus Review (Starred Review)

“Harmon skillfully mines the brutality of WWII and the desire for redemption in this ambitious story of tragic characters overcoming hate, cultural indifference, and duty. Any reader will be moved by this graceful, original take on Japanese-American relations and life in japan during WWII.”

Publishers Weekly

In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is gentle, hopeful, and thoroughly engrossing.”

—D. Donovan, Senior Editor, Midwest Book Review

“To say it is a remarkable story would be a complete understatement and I find myself struggling to express the impact this novel had on me, and the impact it is likely to elicit from everyone who reads it.”

Reader Views

“A sensitive, restrained, and deeply affecting tale of love under extreme duress and conflict.” (5 Stars)

Book Pleasures

“A compelling and thought-provoking novel, indeed!” (5 Stars)

Readers Favorites

“This powerful story of guilt, suffering, and sacrifice transitions into a beautiful tale of otherworldly love while gifting readers with unique insight into Japanese culture.”

Indie Reader

“A tremendously visual, enthralling and thought-provoking read, In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is sure to win Harmon a host of enthusiastic followers and is recommended without reservation.”

Book Viral Reviews

“A touching and important story.”

–Laila Ibrahim Amazon bestselling author of Paper Wife and Yellow Crocus

In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is a breathtaking spiritual journey that will cause you to reconsider your view of those in the world around you and make you think more deeply about how we all treat one another.” (5 Stars)

Indies Today

“One part historical fiction, one part romantic fable, I thoroughly enjoyed this truly unique, mythic, multi-cultural journey.”

–Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy