• "Thought-provoking and heart-wrenching"

    The Daily News Journal
  • "A prize-winning novel by one of Japan's most notable women authors"

    Library Journal
  • "A subtle dissection of the attitudes of Japanese women"

    Pacific Citizen
  • "The author is a woman of great intelligence, profound psychological insight, and extraordinary sensitivity"

    Monumenta Nipponica
  • "Absorbing, sensitive, and utterly heartrending"

    Charles Beardsley

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