Shirobamba: A Childhood in Old Japan
A classic of modern Japanese literature, this enchanting autobiographical novels tells the story of 7-year-old Kosaku & his coming to terms with the adult world in turn-of-the-century rural Japan. Because of Japan's often complex kinship arrangements, Kosaku is raised by the redoubtable, often infuriating, but lovable Granny Onui. His affection for Granny Onui, his fear & fascination with the forbidding personality of his natural mother, & his infatuation with his young aunt Sakiko enmesh Kosaku in a complicated web of conflicting emotions that are finely realized & beautifully conveyed by one of Japan's foremost modern novelists.
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