This is one of my favorite books I have read for my book club. It is set in the 1960's at a women's university in Tokyo. The main character, Barbara iThis is one of my favorite books I have read for my book club. It is set in the 1960's at a women's university in Tokyo. The main character, Barbara is teaching English at this school. She has a wonderful, older friend named Michiko who leaves her a chest full of plum wine upon her death. On each bottle of wine is wrapped a writing of what has happened the previous year. Helping her to translate is Sejii who has some secrets of his own. The book moves back and forth in time. Many family stories are uncovered, especially about the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
This was an easy read, but at the same time I think it has many points for discussion. It certainly wasn't a light read. It had much turning pages quickly (or clicks as I read it on my kindle).
One of the best things about the books was the atmosphere and language. The author did an amazing job of making one feel like you were in Japan.
If you like you books tied neatly, with all questions answered you may be a little frustrated by this book.
I loved this book and I think many people would like it too. I had never heard of this author before but I'd like to read more books by her. ...more
Wow! I loved it. I don't know how to classify this book. I've heard spy thriller..no. But, just fiction I think. It really gives you a sense of livingWow! I loved it. I don't know how to classify this book. I've heard spy thriller..no. But, just fiction I think. It really gives you a sense of living in Madrid during the time of Franco. The characters were so completely drawn you really, really felt like you knew them. I'm not sure I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a bit slower, until the last few chapters. Really loved it....more