Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
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Ghosts lurk in the bamboo forest outside the tiny northern Japanese town where Satomi lives with her elusive mother, Atsuko. A preternaturally gifted pianist, Satomi wrestles with inner demons. Her fall from grace is echoed in the life of her daughter, Rumi, who unleashes a ghost she must chase from foggy San Francisco to a Buddhist temple atop Japan's icy Mount Doom. In sharp, lush prose, Picking Bones from Ash - by Marie Mutsuki Mockett - examines the power and limitations of female talent in our globalized world.

 

About Marie Mutsuki Mockett

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Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born in California to a Japanese mother and an American father. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives in New York City with her husband. This is her first novel.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Graywolf Press. 297 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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A skillfully written debut novel explores the bonds linking three generations of Japanese women, and the tensions created by expectations -- of each other, of society and of using one's talent to clear away obstacles.

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... Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Matsuki Mockett Published by Graywolf Press. Life is not easy for a single woman and her daughter in ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Fusing imagination and suspense, Marie Mutsuki Mockett builds a lavish world in which characters journey from Buddhist temples to the black market of international antiques in California, as they struggle to understand each other across cultures and generations. "Marie ...

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Literate Housewife

Not everyone loved the book like I did, but it certainly created a great deal of open, in depth conversation the day of Book Club.

Apr 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Picking Bones from Ash: A Novel

Fiction Writers Review

In the introduction to her FWR interview with the author, Lee Thomas writes: As a child attending antiques fairs and visiting galleries with her father, Marie Mutsuki Mockett soaked up the behind-the-scenes details of the latest fakery or debate over the authenticity of a piece of Japanese porc...

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Rundpinne

For a debut, Mockett has crafted an impressive tale that will likely generate much buzz among discussion groups and I can highly recommend Picking Bones from Ash for readers and discussion groups alike looking for well-crafted historical fiction.

Aug 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Picking Bones from Ash: A Novel

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The novel provides a climatic midpoint sequencing when Timothy returns to Paris after a long absence, convinces Satomi to return to Japan, where Satomi discovers her mother has died two weeks previous and that Timothy has been jailed, presumably for the illegal acquisition of Japanese artifacts.

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