One Morning Like a Bird : Tokyo, 1940. As Japan's war against China escalates, young poet Yuji Takano faces an end to his cocooned existence. His allowance is scrapped following his father's political disgrace, conscription threatens and, with the nation's mood turning against foreigners, his evenings of French conversation at the home of the trader, Monsieur Feneon, are numbered. then there is Feneon's daughter, a girl with firm ideas about what she wants. In luminous prose, Andrew Miller tells a timeless story about growing up, learning to love, and shedding the self-delusions that make doing the right thing so difficult - especially in a world where everyone is struggling to save themselves.