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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The" Washington Post" praised Mako Yoshikawa's extraordinary first novel, One Hundred and One Ways, as "strikingly assured." The" OrlandoSentinel" called it "an impressive accomplishment." In Once Removed, Yoshikawa continues in the tradition of Alice Walker and Amy Tan with a powerful story of two women fromdifferent cultures who form a deep friendship that, though severe...more
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Published May 27th 2003 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2003)
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Once Removed offers quite a lot to the reader. It leads us through culture and generational dynamics, difficult choices and unusual perspectives on some universal dilemmas. The most obvious question is whether Claudia should leave Vikram, who is married with two children. Yoshikawa gently leads us around this decision point, and lets us think about it from several points of view. She does us the favour of not offering obvious and easy answers Yoshikawa also lets us see things through the lens of...more
This is a story of 2 step-sisters, Rei and Claudia, who were brought together with Claudia's father left her mother to marry Hana, Rei's mother. It's a story of the effects of the Hiroshima blast on people who weren't even in the city that August in 1943. It's a story of forgiveness and letting go. But most of all, it's a story of love and recognizing it as something to protect and cherish.

Rei and Claudia were once each other's soul sisters, but haven't seen each other in 17 years after Hana le...more
Kathy Tamanaha
Found her writing to be poetic (sometimes it took me a while to get back to her original thread since she tended to place offshoots like this in parens :)) and insightful. the book was compelling enough to keep reading quickly till the end. Makes me want to pick up her other book soon.... thanks Marin!
About a love affair and the relationship of sisters and how blended families bring women together. The book is a loving tale of noticing a relative mature as with meeting often and then not so often will do. Journey's with men not often mention until later stages.
Dec 24, 2007 Lexie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
I'm really into Japanese writers, I don't know why. Maybe it's my obsession with Japan, but This story about two girl's who are stepsister's, that moves from their childhood into adulthood is really goos. I recommend it to any woman.
This book was haunting--a little sad and slightly depressing. The lack of communication between characters is a point of frustration, but I do like how the narrative changes among the characters--that gives it a true depth of story.

i liked the bond these two girls had with each other as friends and stepsisters and glad that in the end they found each other again despite being seperated for so many years.
Daisy, this looks good....... I do not know exactly why this appeals to me, quite out of character, but it does! Probably the text - check is what did it!
Finally found a "Y" for my list! The writing in this story was beautiful, even if it sometimes seemed the characters didn't develop as deeply as I'd hoped.
American contemp...1970s and 1999 NJ and Boston...Step sisters rebond, fidelity and relations. Just not my kind of book.
nicely written, interesting stories... greatly dislike the ending.
I was expecting more from the story.
May 07, 2010 Daisy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daisy by: found on Lara's shelf I think
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