The Thorn Puller The Thorn Puller

The Thorn Puller

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Publisher Description

Winner of the Sakutaro Hagiwara Prize and the Murasaki
Shikibu Prize


Caught between two cultures, award-winning author Hiromi Ito tackles subjects like aging, death, and suffering with dark humor, illuminating the bittersweet joys of being alive.

The first novel to appear in English by award-winning author Hiromi Ito explores the absurdities, complexities, and challenges experienced by a woman
caring for her two families: her husband and daughters in California and her aging
parents in Japan. As the narrator shuttles back and forth between these two
starkly different cultures, she creates a powerful and entertaining narrative
about what it means to live and die in a globalized society.

Ito has been described as a “shaman of poetry” because of
her skill in allowing the voices of others to flow through her. Here she enriches
her semi-autobiographical novel by channeling myriad voices drawn from Japanese
folklore, poetry, literature, and pop culture. The result is a generic
chimera—part poetry, part prose, part epic—a unique, transnational, polyvocal
mode of storytelling. One throughline is a series of memories associated with
the Buddhist bodhisattva Jizo, who helps to remove the “thorns” of human suffering.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
December 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
300
Pages
PUBLISHER
Stone Bridge Press
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
3
MB

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