A bridge between us

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Anchor Books, Mar 1, 1995 - Fiction - 253 pages
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Four generations of Japanese American women make their home in a large house in San Francisco, united by the obligations of family and tradition and, perhaps, by love. In alternating chapters, the four women--Reiko, Rio, Tomoe, and Nomi Hito--speak with unflinching honesty about their lives, the secrets that have separated mother and daughter, and the fierce ties of intimacy that form an inextricable bridge between them.With the touch and power of a master storyteller, Julie Shigekuni gracefully interweaves four distinctive voices to shape a moving story of love and the courage it requires. In baring the heart of one family, she illuminates the truths about families, real and imagined, we all create. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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With this fluid debut novel, Shigekuni raises the emotional and artistic stakes in the burgeoning genre of the multigenerational ethnic saga. In an elegant touch, protagonist Nomi notes that the ... Read full review

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Julie Shigekuni is the author of "A Bridge Between Us," which was the recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature and a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Shigekuni received her B.A. from Hunter College and her M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Art, Mills College, and is now on the creative writing faculty at the University of New Mexico. She lives in Corrales, New Mexico, with her husband and their three young daughters.