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Debra Quakerneck, an average 30 something social worker, has just lost her husband to infidelity (a sexual affair with her sister!) when she meets Mieke Adams, an elderly woman with a lust for life, an admiration for the Japanese culture, and a lifetime of stories to share.
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Mieke's distinctive Zen garden is the setting for the women to learn about each other and their pasts. Mieke relays stories of her childhood and gives Debra four gifts (a geisha mask, a bamboo rod, a model sailboat, and a porcelain Buddha figurine) bearing profound meaning -- these help Debra through her troubles, the worst being the death of a little girl she causes in a car accident.

Out of the women's friendship, a familial connection is uncovered and a genealogical search begins. Debra must follow her leads to Japan, where she discovers her kinship to Dutch and English sailors who first arrived in Japan in the 1600s -- and the people she has come to learn through the tales of the older women in her life.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   search for family/history Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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