One Bird

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Ballantine, 1996 - Fiction - 248 pages
4 Reviews
"STUNNING, EVOCATIVE . . . [A] well-crafted coming-of-age novel."
--School Library Journal
Fifteen-year-old Megumi was very sad when her parents broke up. But now, with her mother running off on a "trip" to her own childhood home, Megumi is left to stay with her father (who is never around) and her cranky grandmother (who is unfortunately always around).
Just when she feels that no one cares, Megumi meets Dr. Mizutani, a smart young woman who offers Megumi a part-time job in her veterinary office helping her heal sick birds. Dr. Mizutani seems to understand Megumi without asking a lot of questions. And as Megumi finally begins to accept why her mother had to leave, she discovers a confident strength within herself. . . .
"The text gains an intensity from the discipline with which every detail of this accomplished work is orchestrated from the first page to the last."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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User Review  - ribbonknight - Goodreads

I bought this book a few months ago, during Frugal Muse's going out of business sale. I read most of Mori's books as a kid. Since I grew up in Green Bay, her fiction was readily available, as she ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily Crow - Goodreads

A nice coming of age story set in Japan in the 1970s. Megumi, the main character, is trying to find her way after her mother leaves and she realizes she no longer has faith in God. Finding an injured ... Read full review


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Born in Kobe, Japan, Kyoko Mori settled in Wisconsin at the age of sixteen. Now a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in creative writing at Harvard University, she is the author of the prizewinning "Shizuko's Daughter" & four other books.

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