Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Poking around on the internet, I found this description of my novel from The Strand bookstore. I love it-for a great many reasons. Thank you, anonymous copywriter.
As a bastard child growing up in a Japanese mountain town in the 1950s, Satomi didn't have it easy. The other women in the town feel threatened by her mother's restless sexuality, leaving Satomi and her mother constantly on the fringe of society. The scenery of this mountain town eventually give way to contemporary San Francisco where Satomi's daughter Rumi has grown up without her mother. When Rumi begins to see a ghost, she decides that it must be the spirit of her mother, and she begins to search for answers. Marie Mutsuki Mockett's debut novel "Picking Bones from Ash" is a richly imaginative, lyrical, and haunting depiction of two cultures and generations and the women who haunt them.