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Stone Field, True Arrow: A Novel

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In her debut novel for adults, Kyoko Mori has drawn on ancient myths, reworked with her hallmark lyrical prose, to probe the eternal question: Given the fragility of life, is love too great a risk?

Maya Ishida is no stranger to sorrow. Torn from her artist father and native Japan as a child, raised by her cold, ambitious mother in Minneapolis, she has finally put together a
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 8th 2001 by Picador (first published 2000)
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May 25, 2015 MJ rated it liked it
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Sep 29, 2015 Noreen rated it liked it
Shelves: japan, fiction
Written in 2000. Hayashi means Stand of Trees. When her father dies Maya reflects on his life and comes to understand him. As an artist he taught her as a child that love means making the sacrifice of letting go. He sent back every letter she sent him unopened. He sent back Maya's letters because to read them was to hold on to false hope. Nearly all her father's stories had the same ending: love no matter how deep cannot alter anyone's destiny.

On relationship with mother: Being alone is easier w
Jul 10, 2008 C.A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I picked up Kyoko Mori when I was still in junior high, I think, and read Shizuko's Daughter. Looking back, it's a novel that's very much remained with me (I still remember the parts about the pottery and the drawings of the kimonos, and the flowers at the mountain retreat). Years later, I picked up Stone Field, True Arrow at the King's English and bought it.

It's not a perfect novel, but Mori has some sense of truth in all her writing-- reading reviews, some people categorize her as bitter, but
Jan 26, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
The was a very evocative novel. The main character is emotionally stunted due to her absent father and emotionally abusive and narcissistic mother. I thought the author explained how an artist might think and found that very appealing. The relationships, however were very dysfunctional uncommunicative with each other. Yet I wound up caring about the people. I would read another book by this author.
Amanda Patterson
Aug 21, 2011 Amanda Patterson rated it it was ok
Stone Field, True Arrow will appeal to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. Maya has to leave her beloved father in Japan. She begins a new life with her emotionally abusive mother in America. Maya is culturally confused and her life is punctuated by the inability to form close emotional bonds. Maya meets Eric, and falls in love. She is forced to confront the truth about her childhood. She is transformed by the healing power of love. But Maya’s cool detachment remains. Maybe this was meant ...more
Deborah Robson
Well crafted, but I may be the wrong demographic to really appreciate this novel. I'm significantly older than the main characters. I finished reading because it was artfully and carefully written. I did get tired of the number of characters who could not communicate clearly and honestly with each other, for whatever excellent reasons. The exceptions--those who were honest with each other--kept me going, although the texture and structure of the book were a good deal more complex than the charac ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
Endings are so hard to write. This one doesn't quite not the mark (for me).
Jan 30, 2008 Esther rated it liked it
Picked it up on the free shelf--Chicago-area author, I'm guessing? She had a beautiful style, which kept me going through some depressing subject matter (divorce, dysfunctional families, artistic frustration) and painfully obvious metaphors. I jokingly referred to it as "the sensitive Japanese American woman novel", but still got quite engrossed in it. The protagonist tended to make a lot of choices I wouldn't make, and she seemed a bit crazy, but she had a right to be after all the stuff that h ...more
Katie M.
Oct 30, 2009 Katie M. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
A quiet novel about a weaver in Minnesota, one of those stories where a woman builds up a safe life for herself and then comes to a crossroads where she has to decide whether to keep on keeping on or change directions, etc etc... I remember enjoying it, though there wasn't quite anything about the story for me to grasp onto and like a lot.
Sep 08, 2009 Molly rated it it was ok
Years ago, Kyoko Mori taught at St Norbert's in De Pere and visited my class.

I wanted to love this book, but the dialogue felt stilted, almost as if two characters were doing the talking for everyone with a lot of superfluous additions. The plot, too, felt cobwebby--hard to grasp, strange sequence and jumps.
Pia Bergqvist
Jun 21, 2013 Pia Bergqvist rated it liked it
A beautifully written book, very visual, slow and sad. The slow pace is good practice for me as I tend to get impatient sometimes. I wish the characters were more developed and more three dimensional. This is a book to read for the imagery and esthetics, not for the story.
Jul 30, 2012 Erica rated it it was ok
Honestly, there was a lot of potential with this book but there was something missing. I didn't like anyone and I wished the entire time that Maya would grow a backbone or at least tell someone off. I don't recommend this one at all.
Jul 28, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Very very boring - I need to stop picking books off the shelves at the library when I don't have something on isn't working for me!
Jan 01, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
It was okay. I guess I'm just not that interested in "women's stories" anymore.
Aug 07, 2009 Miki rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian
Like all other Kyoko Mori books, I loved it!
Apr 12, 2010 Daisy rated it it was ok
Didn't get very far before I gave up.
Nov 21, 2009 Bea rated it it was amazing
Sad, with great imagery.
Jul 09, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
Quiet, sad, lovely.
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Kyoko Mori was born in Kobe, Japan, in 1957. As a young girl, she learned numerous ways to be creative, including drawing, sewing, and writing, from her mother and her mother's family. From those family members, Mori says, "I came to understand the magic of transformation — a limitless possibility of turning nothing into something."

Mori's life changed completely at age 12, when her mother died. He
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