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Baker & Taylor
Feeling like an outsider while visiting her ancestral family in Kyoto, fourteen-year-old Japanese American Sarah Rexford learns a painful secret about how her grandmother was forced to give up a daughter to another branch of the family.

Blackwell North Amer
In her first novel, Waters explores the complex relationships among three generations of women bound by a painful family history and a culture in which custom dictates behavior.
Fourteen-year-old Sarah Rexford, half-Japanese and half-American, feels like an outsider when she visits her family in Japan. She quickly learns that, in traditional Kyoto, personal boundaries are firmly drawn and actions are not always what they appear. Sarah learns of a family secret - an interfamily adoption arranged in the throes of World War II. Her grandmother gave up one of her daughters to the matriarch of the family, and the two families have coexisted quietly, living on the same lane. While this arrangement is never discussed, it looms over the two households. In this carefully articulated world, where every gesture and look has meaning, Sarah must learn the rules by which her mother, aunts, and grandmother live.
Delicately balancing drama and restraint, Waters captures these women - their deep passions and tumultuous histories - in this tender and moving novel about the power and beauty of mother-daughter relationships.

Baker
& Taylor

Feeling like an outsider while visiting her ancestral family in Kyoto, fourteen-year-old Japanese-American Sarah Rexford begins to discern cultural mandates about boundaries and learns a painful secret about how her grandmother was forced to give up a daughter to another branch of the family. A first novel by the author of The Laws of Evening.

Simon and Schuster
From an award-winning author whose debut story collection received unprecedented praise, comes an elegant novel about mothers and daughters, secrets and silences, and familial bonds in a culture where custom dictates behavior. 

In her exquisite first novel, Mary Yukari Waters explores the complex relationships among three generations of women bound by a painful family history.

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Rexford, half-Japanese and half- American, feels like an outsider when she visits her family in Japan. She quickly learns that in traditional Kyoto, personal boundaries are firmly drawn and actions are not always what they appear.

In the midst of her acculturation, Sarah learns of a family secret. During World War II, her grandmother was forced to give up one of her daughters for adoption. The child was adopted by the grandmother’s sister-in-law, and the siblings were brought up as cousins, growing up on the same lane where both the biological and adoptive mother lived. Even into the present, the arrangement is never discussed. But as Sarah learns, its presence looms over the two houses. In this carefully articulated world, where every gesture and look has meaning, Sarah must learn the rules by which her mother, aunts, and grandmother live.

Delicately balancing drama and restraint as only few writ- ers can, Waters captures these women—their deep passions and tumultuous histories—in this tender and moving novel about the power, beauty, and importance of mother-daughter relationships.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416561071
1416561072
Branch Call Number: FICTION WATER...M
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 24 cm

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