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Picking Bones from Ash

A Novel
Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Ghosts lurk in the bamboo forest outside the tiny northern Japanese town where Satomi lives with her elusive mother, Atsuko. A preternaturally gifted pianist, Satomi wrestles with inner demons. Her fall from grace is echoed in the life of her daughter, Rumi, who unleashes a ghost she must chase from foggy San Francisco to a Buddhist temple atop Japan’s icy Mount Doom. In sharp, lush prose, Picking Bones from Ash examines the power and limitations of female talent in our globalized world.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-576-0
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
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Pages
320
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
“As Mockett reveals, the ghosts of our mothers are always within us.”—Amy Tan

About the Author

Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Credit: Sylvie Rosokoff
Marie Mutsuki Mockett is the author of a novel, Picking Bones from Ash, and a memoir, Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye, which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award. She has written for the New York TimesSalonNational GeographicGlamourPloughshares, and other publications and has been a guest on The WorldTalk of the Nation and All Things Considered on NPR. She is a core faculty member of the Rainier Writing Workshop and a Visiting Writer in the MFA program Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She lives in San Francisco.

http://www.mariemockett.com/
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Praise

  • “Solid and graceful. . . . Mockett combines the best elements of a mystery story, ghost story, magical realism and the complex difficulties in deciding what is ‘best’ for our elders and offspring.”—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • “Mockett succeeds where many others fail: making the reader care.”—Publishers Weekly
  • “Deeply preoccupied with girls, talent, and power.”—Maud Newton
  • “A voice so authentic and eloquent it is hard to believe this is Mockett’s first novel.”—largehearted boy
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