—Robert Bly, author of Iron John: A Book About Men
"Riki Moss debuts with a wonderfully original comic novel about art both fine and martial, about self-betrayal and redemption through love, beautifully written and full of memorable characters. Her louche, bohemian Vermont is captured in full color, like Anne Tyler's Baltimore and Richard Russo's upstate New York."
—Michael Gruber, New York Times bestselling author of The Forgery of Venus
and The Book of Air and Shadows
"Our fantasy of a martial artist is usually of an exotic warrior: impeccably controlled, shifting between poles of cryptic wisdom and profound silence. Riki Moss gives us an only slightly fictionalized account of a real martial artist—a giant Falstaff of a man, his flaws as enormous as his gifts. Aikido is a martial art that purports to reconcile others, to establish peace. How much more illuminating to read of a man who, rather than one of those blow-dried fighting sages, actually needed the teaching himself."
—Ellis Amdur, author of Dueling with O-sensei
"Read the stories of two 'warriors'—an extraordinary and charismatic man and the feisty woman who loves him—open-hearted characters who meet toward the end of his life and live these years together passionately and as richly as possible. Powerful, earthy, funny and spiritual."
—Jane Pincus, co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves