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Gail Tsukiyama is the author of The Language of Threads, Night of Many Dreams, The Samurai's Garden, and Women of the Silk. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

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Tsukiyama's fifth novel details a short span in the life of Cate and Hana, a mother and daughter coping with the onslaught of Werner's Syndrome. This syndrome, which ages a person abnormally, makes Hana look and feel 80 rather than 38. Yet she yearns for all the good things that life will never bring her, and Cate, recovering from the sudden death of her husband, cares lovingly for Hana. When Hana's best friend, Laura, arrives with her teenaged daughters to visit, Hana has a chance to reconnect with this troubled woman after a long absence. Laura and her children are able to help Hana and Cate face the future's uncertainties, while at the same time Hana and Cate discover that they are able to help Laura's girls grow up in numerous unseen ways. Tsukiyama (Women of the Silk) writes beautifully about courage and love, showing us the importance of daily kindnesses and highlighting the beauty found in the relationships among mothers, daughters, and friends. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/02.] Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"A poignant portrait of mother-daughter love in the face of death, without the attendant melodrama easily wrung from such material." ("Kirkus Reviews")
"Beautifully written, effused with both sadness and hope, Tsukiyama's novel cannot fail to move readers." ("Booklist "- starred review)
..".Tsukiyama tells a simple story in a straightforward way...[in] a delicate, deceptively powerful new novel." ("USA Today)"

A poignant portrait of mother-daughter love in the face of death, without the attendant melodrama easily wrung from such material. "Kirkus Reviews" Beautifully written, effused with both sadness and hope, Tsukiyama's novel cannot fail to move readers. "Booklist starred review" ...Tsukiyama tells a simple story in a straightforward way...[in] a delicate, deceptively powerful new novel. "USA Today""


"A poignant portrait of mother-daughter love in the face of death, without the attendant melodrama easily wrung from such material." --Kirkus Reviews"Beautifully written, effused with both sadness and hope, Tsukiyama's novel cannot fail to move readers." --Booklist starred review..".Tsukiyama tells a simple story in a straightforward way...[in] a delicate, deceptively powerful new novel." --USA Today

Tsukiyama (The Language of Threads) has a style at once evocative and formal, well suited to historical romances; now she takes on contemporary drama. At 38, Hana Murayama is dying of Werner's syndrome, a genetic defect that causes premature aging. Hana is almost totally dependent on her mother, Cate, who at 62 is still recovering from the sudden death of her husband, Max. As a child during WWII, Max had been interned with other Japanese-Americans in a camp in Wyoming and subsequently went on to teach history at a small northern California college. That background, her mother's love of gardening and her own usually feisty outlook are what Hana brings to her effort to live and die with dignity. Over the course of two days, Hana and Cate retrace in memory their lives and Max's. Their scattered and sometimes conflicting expectations are brought into sharp focus when Hana's best friend, Laura, now a successful East Coast lawyer, arrives with her two daughters, Hana's godchildren, allowing Hana and Cate to find a measure of the reconciliation that has eluded them. Tsukiyama has a wonderful ability to elicit delicate atmospherics; in particular, she uses the sense of touch to stunning effect. But the pacing is stilted, and neither Cate nor Hana allows herself a moment of private rage, although, in her thoughts, Cate strays briefly from the stoic. Her implicit frustration adds a note of vulnerability to the moving, subtle narrative. (May) Forecast: With more than 400,000 copies of her books in print, Tsukiyama should have no problem finding an audience for this title. Blurbs from Michael Chabon and Jane Hamilton won't hurt, either. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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