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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.
Elizabeth Ward The Washington Post [A]...haunting, accomplished first novel.
Carol Memmott USA Today Readers in love with language will adore this book.
Mark Rozzodeck Los Angeles Times There's something convincingly elegant in Walbert's prose, making this book a strange and stately object of contemplation.
Amy Bloom 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.
Francine Prose Elle This lovely, original novel...[examines] the gauzy web of fictions we spin to protect our loved ones from the barbed truths of the past.