The Samurai's Garden

  • by Gail Tsukiyama
  • Narrated by David Shih
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Gail Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.


What the Critics Say

"An extraordinarily graceful and moving novel about goodness and beauty...Tsukiyama is a wise and spellbinding storyteller." (Booklist)


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Love this book!

I first read this book years ago and was excited to see it was available as an audiobook because the story is so beautiful. I think it is one of only a handful of books I have reread again and again. I will definitely be listening to it again!
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- Tina

Outstanding Story

First of all I love her writing this book was no exception to others I have read great story and great performance from the reader !
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- Paul Vincent

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio