Meeting Luciano

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Random House Publishing Group, 2000 - Fiction - 243 pages
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After graduating from college, Emily Shimoda moves back home in upstate New York to live with her eccentric, well-bred mother, Hanako. Little has changed there. Her father's silk ties still hang limply in the closet even though he left years ago, and Hanako busies her days in relentless pursuit of all things European -- especially opera. But when Hanako returns from a Pavarotti concert proclaiming that the opera star himself has promised to visit their home, Emily is amused. Until Hanako hires Alex, an aging, widowed carpenter to renovate the house for Pavarotti's imminent arrival -- provoking Emily to seriously question her mother's sanity.

As the remodeling consumes Hanako's every waking moment, along with a growing friendship with Alex, Emily grows suspicious of the handyman and the home improvements that her mother haphazardly pours her money into. But as Emily charts the course of her mother's odd preoccupation, and begins to wonder whether Pavarotti will indeed make an appearance, she inadvertently finds herself learning some of life's most profound lessons....

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Meeting Luciano: A Novel

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Esaki-Smith's first novel is the delightful, humorous story of Emily, a recent college graduate who has returned home to live with her divorced mother, Hanako. Besides continuing her obsession for ... Read full review


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Anna Esaki-Smith was born in 1961 in Tarrytown, New York. She earned a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1983 and a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism in 1987. In 1991, she began work toward an MFA from the Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts, but left just short of a degree to work as a "Newsweek" correspondent in Hong Kong. Esaki-Smith's career as a journalist and writer for Reuters, "Newsweek", and "Success" has taken her all over the world, including several posts throughout Asia, where she has worked as a news correspondent. She currently lives in Shanghai with her husband and two sons.

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