Score: 4.5
From 109 Ratings

The Samurai's Garden


  • Author: Gail Tsukiyama
  • Release Date : 2008-06-24
  • Genre: Historical
  • File Size: 783602 Bytes


The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Gail Tsukiyama's The Samurai's Garden uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for this extraordinary story.A 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and...

Score: 4.5
From 14 Ratings

Quiet Until the Thaw


  • Author: Alexandra Fuller
  • Release Date : 2017-06-27
  • Genre: Literary
  • File Size: 1170445 Bytes


The debut novel from the bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come.   “Awe inspiring . . . An ardent, original, and beautifully wrought book.” —The New York Times Book ReviewLakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota.Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, are pitted against each other as their tribe is torn apart by infighting. Rick chooses the path of peace and stays; You Choose, violent and unpredictable, strikes out on his own. When he returns, after three decades behind bars, he disrupts the fragile peace and threatens the lives of the entire reservation.A complex tale that spans generations and geography, Quiet Until the Thaw conjures, with th...