Plum Wine

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Dial Trade Paperbacks, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Bottles of homemade plum wine link two worlds, two eras, and two lives through the eyes of Barbara Jefferson, a young American teaching at a Tokyo university. When her surrogate mother, Michi, dies, Barbara inherits an extraordinary gift: a tansu chest filled with bottles of homemade plum wine wrapped in sheets of rice paper covered in elegant calligraphy—one bottle for each of the last twenty years of Michi’s life.

Why did Michi leave her memoirs to Barbara, who cannot read Japanese? Seeking a translator, Barbara turns to an enigmatic pottery artist named Seiji, who will offer her a companionship as tender as it is forbidden. But as the two lovers unravel the mysteries of Michi’s life, a story that draws them through the aftermath of World War II and the hidden world of the hibakusha, Hiroshima survivors, Barbara begins to suspect that Seiji may be hiding the truth about Michi’s past—and a heartbreaking secret of his own.
 

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User Review  - judithrs - LibraryThing

Plum Wine. Angela Davis-Gardner. 2006. Friend Lorie suggested this book, and I am so glad. It is a beautifully written love story! Barbara Jefferson is teaching English at a university in Tokyo. Michi ... Read full review

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User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

This novel, set in Japan in the 60s, is definitely on the minimalist side. It’s the story of Barbara, a woman from North Carolina, who goes to Japan to teach for a few years. The constant slight ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
25
Section 4
36
Section 5
44
Section 6
53
Section 7
66
Section 8
75
Section 18
162
Section 19
177
Section 20
189
Section 21
202
Section 22
212
Section 23
221
Section 24
231
Section 25
245

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
120
Section 14
131
Section 15
139
Section 16
144
Section 17
151
Section 26
255
Section 27
270
Section 28
280
Section 29
290
Section 30
301
Section 31
314
Section 32
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Angela Davis-Gardner spent a year in Japan as visiting professor at Tokyo's Tsuda College, where she taught English and American literature. She is currently Alumni Distinguished Professor of creative writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Raleigh, where she is at work on her new novel, Butterfly's Child, to be published as a Dial Press hardcover in 2008. Angela is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Felice and Forms of Shelter, both soon to be reissued as Dial Press trade paperbacks.

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