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This is a departure for Sara that might put her in the literary hall of fame -- Sara is a writer for Texas Monthly and lives in Austin, ( I think?). Thank you Book People in Austin for putting this one on my horizon.
This book about Okinawa then and now is beautiful and haunting and wonderful, and I'd like to go hear Sara discuss how she wrote it. It somewhat reminds me of The Good Earth meets Memoirs of a Geisha meets Eleanor and Park. Fictional story that promotes the idea of Americans getting in touch with their history and beautifully shows the history of Okinawa even prior to its occupation by Japan and then America. What is family? What is love? How does a young girl know the path to take? How do we deal with loss? What place in our lives do our ancestors have? How does our country matter in our lives? These questions are all raised, as each character encounters life, family, love and country on a grand scale.
Note: it does start slowly with a dual time line of teen angst that is almost wearying. But then bam, it takes off so don't quit it. This is not just another YA pining offering.
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The complex relationships of sisterhood are powerful influences in my life and Sarah Bird beautifully captures the many facets of those oft challenging interactions in this story of 2 pairs of sisters, linked by family, time and the tragedy of Okinawa's history. For me, it also redefines the idea of a ghost story - in the best possible transformation and delivered by a stellar cast.
As a writer, Sarah Bird has come of age with this well crafted and ambitious work. Though it starts off sounding like another YA coming of age story, Luz and Tamiko are characters worth knowing.
This is one I'll read again and again.