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Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
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Jul 16, 2009

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How much information should be passed from mother to daughter? What is the purpose of withholding key information? Does the bond between mothers and daughters get strengthened or weakened when one or both are blessed with astounding talents? By setting this beautiful story in Japan and, briefly, in San Francisco, Marie Mutsuki Mockett ponders the cultural differences in answering these questions she raises. However, it is the Japanese settings that prove most fascinating to the western reader.

Employing two voices, Mockett writes in a variety of styles, throwing in a soupcon of mystical realism which adds to the mysteries. What is most memorable is the description of temples, landscapes, Japanese festivals, all rendered with almost a painterly sensibility, rich and sensuous.
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