Bridge Between Us

Bridge Between Us

by Julie Shigekuni
     
 

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Four generations of Japanese American women make  their home in a large house in San Francisco,  united by the obligations of family and tradition and,  perhaps, by love. In alternating chapters, the  four women—Reiko, Rio, Tomoe, and Nomi Hito—speak  with unflinching honesty about their lives,

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Four generations of Japanese American women make  their home in a large house in San Francisco,  united by the obligations of family and tradition and,  perhaps, by love. In alternating chapters, the  four women—Reiko, Rio, Tomoe, and Nomi Hito—speak  with unflinching honesty about their lives, the  secrets that have separated mother and daughter, and  the fierce ties of intimacy that form an  inextricable bridge between them.With the touch and power  of a master storyteller, Julie Shigekuni gracefully  interweaves four distinctive voices to shape a  moving story of love and the courage it requires. In  baring the heart of one family, she illuminates  the truths about families, real and imagined, we all  create.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Artfully  evocative."—The New York Times

"A family saga on  an intimate scale . . . Shigekuni evokes with  skill and sensitivity these interwoven  lives."—The Boston Globe

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in San Francisco, Shigekuni's first novel draws on the disparate voices of four generations of a Japanese American family. (Mar.)
Library Journal
In Shigekuni's wonderful first novel, four generations of Japanese American women share a house-and their lives-in San Francisco. (LJ 2/1/95)
School Library Journal
YA-There are many bridges in this first novel. One connects four women who live in the same house: ``Granny'' Reiko (great-grandmother); ``Grandma'' Rio; daughter-in-law Tomoe; and her daughter, Nomi. The bonds between them contain strands of love, duty, betrayal, revenge, and hatred; they can sustain, support, yet sometimes strangle. The closest relationship is between Rio and Nomi. When Nomi is seven, her beloved grandmother tries to end her own life, and it is Nomi's devotion that ensures Rio's recovery. Later, when Nomi faces her own dark night of the soul, it is her thoughts of Rio that bring her home. There is a bridge between the U.S. and Japan, yet the struggles for self, survival, and place are universal. The four women tell their stories in their own voices, both in present time and in flashback. The men, although important, are secondary and have no voices. Shigekuni's style is taut, poetic, and filled with the symbolism of bridges and water. This haunting and powerful coming-of-age story will elicit sympathy for the characters, yet will demand of YAs a careful reading for true appreciation.-Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385482271
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/15/1996
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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