August 2, 2011
August 2, 2011
A mother-daughter story about the strong pull of tradition, and the lure and cost of breaking free of it.
When Shoko decided to marry an American GI and leave Japan, she had her parents' blessing, her brother's scorn, and a gift from her husband-a book on how to be a proper American housewife.
As she crossed the ocean to America, Shoko also brought with her a secret she would need to keep her entire life...
Half a century later, Shoko's plans to finally return to Japan and reconcile with her brother are derailed by illness. In her place, she sends her grown American daughter, Sue, a divorced single mother whose own life isn't what she hoped for. As Sue takes in Japan, with all its beauty and contradictions, she discovers another side to her mother and returns to America unexpectedly changed and irrevocably touched.
In this sparkling debut novel, Japanese-American writer Margaret Dilloway tells the story of a Japanese-American woman named Sue who reluctantly agrees to her mother's request that she travel to Japan to meet her ancestral family. Once overseas, Sue gains new insights about her mother's upbringing and controversial cross-cultural romance, but this fresh perspective creates more questions than answers.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Types of Characters, Peoples + Cultures, Love + Relationships + Sex, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Love + Relationships + Sex, Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Types of Characters, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Margaret Dilloway
- Online Item #: 13454512
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1379
- ISBN: 9780425241295
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported