Author Jennifer Cody Epstein is embarking on another virtual tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for the paperback release of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment from January 7 – 21.

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment PB CoverPaperback Publication Date: January 13, 2014
W.W. Norton & Company
Paperback; 400p
ISBN-13: 9780393347883

One summer night in prewar Japan, eleven-year-old Billy Reynolds takes snapshots at his parent’s dinner party. That same evening his father Anton–a prominent American architect–begins a torrid affair with the wife of his master carpenter. A world away in New York, Cameron Richards rides a Ferris Wheel with his sweetheart and dreams about flying a plane. Though seemingly disparate moments, they will all draw together to shape the fate of a young girl caught in the midst of one of WWII’s most horrific events–the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo.

Exquisitely-rendered, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment tells the stories of families on both sides of the Pacific: their loves and infidelities, their dreams and losses–and their shared connection to one of the most devastating acts of war in human history.

Praise for The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

“Epstein’s second novel (after The Painter from Shanghai) is bursting with characters and locales. Yet painful, authentic (Epstein has lived and worked in Asia), and exquisite portraits emerge of the personal impact of national conflicts—and how sometimes those conflicts can be bridged by human connections.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The Gods of Heavenly Punishment is a page-turner thanks to its high-stakes adventure, torrid love affairs and characters so real they seem to follow you around. And in the end, this gripping novel asks us not just to consider a lost chapter of a famous war but also to explore what it means to be lucky—and what it means to be loved.” (Amy Shearn,

“The Gods of Heavenly Punishment showcases war’s bitter ironies…as well as its romantic serendipities.” (Megan O’Grady, Vogue)

“With stunning clarity, Epstein has re-created Tokyo both before and after the bombing in a novel that raises still-unanswered questions about the horrors of war, the cruelty associated with it and the lasting impression it can make on a person, a people or a place.” (

“An epic novel about a young Japanese girl during World War II underscores the far-reaching impact that the decisions of others can have.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Sweeping….[A] harrowing novel of destruction and creation that will appeal to fans of historical fiction” (Library Journal—starred review)

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About the AuthorJennifer Epstein

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment and the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Self, Mademoiselle and NBC, and has worked in Hong Kong, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two daughters and especially needy Springer Spaniel.

For more information, please visit Jennifer Cody Epstein’s website and blog.  You can also find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, January 6
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, January 7
Review & Giveaway at Found Between the Covers

Wednesday, January 8
Review at Lit Nerd

Thursday, January 9
Review at From L.A. to LA

Friday, January 10
Review & Giveaway at Drey’s Library
Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Giveaway at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Monday, January 13
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at The Maiden’s Court

Wednesday, January 15
Review at Cozy Up with a Good Read

Thursday, January 16
Review at The Lit Bitch

Friday, January 17
Review at Doing Dewey
Review at Reading the Ages
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Monday, January 20
Review at bookramblings
Review at Carpe Librum
Interview & Giveaway at Doing Dewey

Tuesday, January 21
Review at Too Fond Beth
Review at Books in the Burbs
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

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