Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The Los Angeles Times Likes "Picking Bones from Ash"

The print edition of this review will run on Sunday, but thanks to the power of the internet, you can take a look at what the LA Times has to say right now!

"Some fiction makes the world a little smaller; illuminates the dark corners, puts the taste of, say, breakfast in a small mountain village of Japan in the mouth of the reader (rice balls, in a ryokan, made by your mother the night before). . . The ghosts of her ancestors appear at night -- mysterious women in red and silver kimonos; many-armed deities. The novel, so firmly anchored in a sensuous reality, veers into a dream world. A reader has the sense that even the author was driven by her most powerful character: the original mother, raising her daughter alone, shunned by villagers, forced to make decisions that haunt her descendants."

And the author has the sense that the reviewer was fully immersed in the world of the novel, and this is quite gratifying and exciting. Thank you.

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