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The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
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Mar 30, 11

Read in March, 2011

A beautiful painting set in pre-WWII Japan. I thought the premise was great, a young Chinese man visiting a Japanese seaside resort town to recover from tuberculosis, finding out that his housekeeper has this secret relationship with the people in a nearby leper colony (two Mycobacterium species in one book! Woo!, and generally causing a hunger to visit Japan. I really like these stories, where the setting is a backdrop (possibly anachronistic) but where you learn a lot about a time period or culture or place from the story. Ms. Tsukiyama's books are all high caliber examples of this, but this one has the advantage of being short and easy to read. The writing is lush, the descriptions gorgeous, and the people deep. You can't wait to get to the next page and see what happens between Stephen-san and his mysterious would-be girlfriend Keiko-san, or to learn more about the mysterious and once-beautiful leper Sachi-san.

Great summer read.
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