By Gillian Flynn
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:05 AM EDT
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The Yokota Officers Club

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Brainy Bernie Root has spent most of her 18 years as a living shadow, leaving no impression as she and her unruly Air Force family hop from base to base. But a visit to ’60s Japan — where dad’s been restationed — after a year of college brings her to life. It was in post-war Japan years before that her family was last happy. Her parents were in love and her dad was a superstar pilot, not a desk jockey. Bernie had her only friend then — the family’s maid, Fumiko — whose name is now mysteriously verboten. As described by Bernie, Bird’s characters are endearing renderings of stereotypes: the dorky protagonist, her beautiful, popular sister, the worrywart baby girl and antic brothers, the plucky mother and her tersely simmering military husband. Sadly, the climactic revelation of just what Fumiko did to ruin them is a dud, in its telling, its timing, and its aftermath. The charming family Root deserved better.

The Yokota Officers Club

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  • Sarah Bird

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