Tsukiyama’s fifth novel details a short span in the life of Cate and Hana, a mother and daughter coping with the onslaught of Werner’s Syndrome. This syndrome, which ages a person abnormally, makes Hana look and feel eighty rather than thirty-eight. Yet she yearns for all the good things that life will never bring her, and Cate, recovering from the sudden death of her husband, cares lovingly for Hana. When Hana’s best friend, Laura, arrives with her teenage daughters to visit, Hana has a chance to reconnect with this troubled woman after a long absence. Laura and her children are able to help Hana and Cate face the future’s uncertainties, while at the same time Hana and Cate discover that they are able to help Laura’s girls grow up in numerous unseen ways. Tsukiyama (Women of the Silk) writes beautifully about courage and love, showing us the importance of daily kindnesses and highlighting the beauty found in the relationships among mothers, daughters, and friends.
Gail gives an overview of the book:
Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, her mother a Chinese immigrant, her father Japanese from Hawaii. She attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English with the emphasis in Creative...
Tsukiyama tells a quietly powerful and understated story of women finding their way in the world, and the strength they derive from family ties.