Monday, August 17, 2009

 

Publisher's Weekly Likes Picking Bones from Ash

A positive review from Publisher's Weekly for Picking Bones from Ash.


"In this ambitious debut, the narration alternates between Satomi, a Japanese girl pushed by her mother to make her mark on the world, and Rumi, Satomi's American daughter who grows up in the mid-late 1960s believing her mother is dead. The novel is strongest at the beginning, as Satomi tells of her postwar childhood in a small Japanese village, the only girl without a father and the only girl with a talent: she is going to be a world-famous concert pianist. After her mother remarries, Satomi goes away to music school and, later, to Paris to perfect her craft. In Paris and back in Japan, Satomi falls in with the Western antique dealers who will eventually take her to the United States after her mother dies. The second half switches between the stories of Satomi and Rumi, who develops a skill at “reading” Asian antiques and begins to wonder about her mother when an old friend of her parents re-enters her life. Rumi's quest to unravel her tricky family history is absorbing, and even if it lacks the simple beauty of Satomi's coming-of-age narrative, Mockett succeeds where many others fail: making the reader care. (Oct.)"

Comments:
Wow! This review is wonderful and encouraging to the writer of this novel. Along with the previous review posted on your blog, you have so much support from the lterary world. Good luck, Marie!
 
Bravo!
 
The reviews sound great, I really can't wait to get my copy!
 
Congrats! I love Graywolf... It's going to be a beautiful book.
 
Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link



<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?