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Written by Kyoko MoriAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Kyoko Mori

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • On Sale: April 6, 1999
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-449-00428-9 (0-449-00428-7)
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In this powerful and exquisitely crafted book, notable author Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring. From her unhappy childhood in Japan, weighted by a troubled family and a constricting culture, to the American Midwest, where she found herself free to speak as a strong-minded independent woman, Mori explores: the different codes of silence, deference, and expression that govern Japanese and American women's lives; the ties that bind us to family and the lies that keep us apart; the rituals of mourning that give us the courage to accept death; and the images of the body that make sex seem foreign to Japanese women and second nature to Americans.

In the sensitive hands of this compelling writer, one woman's life becomes the mirror of two profoundly different societies. Strongly recommended for students of women's studies and cultural studies courses.

"Mori's exquisite language leads readers to an understanding of a civilization as highly developed as ours but one that has developed much differently in the area of human relations."-Booklist

1. Language; 2. Family; 3. Secrets; 4. Rituals; 5. A Woman's Place; 6. Bodies; 7. Symbols;
8. School; 9. Tears; 10. Lies; 11. Safety; 12. Home