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From the PublisherAlida Becker
The New York Times Book Review
An elusive first novel with understated power.
The New Yorker
In precise, delicate prose, the author renders with equal power the quiet desperation of a girl growing up in 1950s America and the ethereal.
The Washington Post
[A]...haunting, accomplished first novel.
Readers in love with language will adore this book.
Los Angeles Times
There's something convincingly elegant in Walbert's prose, making this book a strange and stately object of contemplation.
Kate Walbert's fine, delicate prose captures voices that we don't hear much anymore....The Gardens of Kyoto is a ghost story, a mystery, a love story.
This lovely, original novel...[examines] the gauzy web of fictions we spin to protect our loved ones from the barbed truths of the past.