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Invisible Gardens

2.91  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In this long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut novel, A Bridge Between Us, Julie Shigekuni offers a beautiful and disturbing look at the intimacy and isolation, desire and despair that haunt a young woman’s life.

Invisible Gardens is the story of Lily Soto, a thirty-five-year-old Japanese-American woman, who, despite two young children, a stable marriage, and a teach
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 13th 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2003)
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Jul 21, 2008 Maya rated it liked it
Hard to read something like this when you know the author . . .
Nov 25, 2011 Connie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fall-2011, new-mexico
This story is about Lily Soto, a Japanese-American university professor living in New Mexico. She is married to a doctor and has two young children. Memories from her childhood and her mother seem to color the way she looks upon her stable life when she starts caring for her father who has dementia. She and another professor become involved in an affair, and Lily has to make choices about her relationships.

Although the author's writing was beautiful and lyrical, it was very difficult to figure o
Feb 01, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
Someone on Amazon compared Julie to Amy Tan, but she is no Amy Tan. Amy has a sense of humor.
Yes Julie is a fine writer, she can sling words together with the best of them. So what?
I want to be moved I guess. Inspired. Taken to another world. Like Murakami does when I read a book by him. At least let me feel just a touch of humanity. I'm sorry I just don't.
I want to read Unending Nora but I can't find it to borrow anywhere.
I am hoping to read something that is not egotistical, selfish and humorl
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Oct 28, 2008 Saya Hashimoto rated it liked it
The disintegration of a perfect life into one that is messy and painful.
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Julie Shigekuni is the author of three novels: A Bridge Between Us (Anchor/Doubleday 1995), Invisible Gardens (St. Martin’s Press 2003), and Unending Nora (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, Fall 2008). Her fiction has been translated into German, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian.

Shigekuni was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and the recipient of the PEN Oakland Jos
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