The Washington Post praised Mako Yoshikawa’s extraordinary first novel, One Hundred and One Ways, as “strikingly assured.” The Orlando Sentinel 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 from different cultures who form a deep friendship that, though severely...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Bantam
(first published May 27th 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
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.