Chorus of mushrooms
Celebrating cultural differences as a privilege, Chorus of Mushrooms explores the shifts and collisions of culture through the lives of three generations of women in a Japanese family living in a small town. Author Hiromi Goto demonstrates the clash of cultures through the three women of the novel: a grandmother who refuses to speak English and who hides salted squid in her pockets; a daughter who refuses to speak Japanese and cooks ham with pineapple for special occasions; and a granddaughter who struggles to find a cultural identity somewhere between the two.
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada; Co-Winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award; and winner of the Grant MacEwan College Book Award, Chorus of Mushrooms is a novel that can't be missed.
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Our teru teru bozu swung barely, almost motionless, from the rafters outside the
house. In the warm wet of summer rain. Teru teru bozu Teru bozu, Ashita tenkini
shite okure. He would charm the rain away and Okasan would take us to the park
. Waiting for tomorrow. The breeze as gentle on my face as my mother's hand.
Her fingertips. The green- smelling soil planted with peanuts the day before
yesterday and the singe smell of Otosan's cotton shirts being ironed. We were
happy to be ...