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Written in 2000 Hayashi means Stand of Trees When her father dies Maya reflects on his life and comes to understand him As an artist he taught her as a child that love means making the sacrifice of letting go He sent back every letter she sent him unopened He sent back Maya s letters because to read them was to hold on to false hope Nearly all her father s stories had the same ending love no matter how deep cannot alter anyone s destiny.On relationship with mother Being alone is easier when you know that your mother s love is as unchanging as the pictures she keeps on the walls.After making love with Eric When she comes out of this room, her life will never be the same She will be as alone as she was when she watched the sky tilt blue outside the window of her plane all those years ago Only this time she won t cry or feel regret.On girlfriends That must be how most married women think of their old friends For them, any friendship with another woman, no matter how close, is only a rehearsal once they are married, their husbands are the center of their lives, and everyone else is just someone from the past.Good book for describing what happens to a safe marriage when one party wants to begin living. Well crafted, but I may be the wrong demographic to really appreciate this novel I m significantly older than the main characters I finished reading because it was artfully and carefully written I did get tired of the number of characters who could not communicate clearly and honestly with each other, for whatever excellent reasons The exceptions those who were honest with each other kept me going, although the texture and structure of the book were a good deal complex than the characters, who always seemed to want to be three dimensional than they were. I picked up Kyoko Mori when I was still in junior high, I think, and read Shizuko s Daughter Looking back, it s a novel that s very much remained with me I still remember the parts about the pottery and the drawings of the kimonos, and the flowers at the mountain retreat Years later, I picked up Stone Field, True Arrow at the King s English and bought it.It s not a perfect novel, but Mori has some sense of truth in all her writing reading reviews, some people categorize her as bitter, but she always strikes me as being simply, elegantly truthful There s some shy beauty, and as with most of her work, an emphasis on the redemptive power of art and creativity Mori s writing always strikes me as having an underlying layer of pain, and she never allows you to forget the difficulties and sadness people cause for each other The novel is still semi autobiographical Maya s mother is a difficult person, her father is loved but remote and dead, relationships stall, etc I was surprised to see that Mori hasn t published fiction than her three novels She might have only one story to tell, but she always tells it in a way that makes you forget anything else. Picked it up on the free shelf Chicago area author, I m guessing She had a beautiful style, which kept me going through some depressing subject matter divorce, dysfunctional families, artistic frustration and painfully obvious metaphors I jokingly referred to it as the sensitive Japanese American woman novel , but still got quite engrossed in it The protagonist tended to make a lot of choices I wouldn t make, and she seemed a bit crazy, but she had a right to be after all the stuff that happened to her The was a very evocative novel The main character is emotionally stunted due to her absent father and emotionally abusive and narcissistic mother I thought the author explained how an artist might think and found that very appealing The relationships, however were very dysfunctional uncommunicative with each other Yet I wound up caring about the people I would read another book by this author. Stone Field, True Arrow will appeal to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider Maya has to leave her beloved father in Japan She begins a new life with her emotionally abusive mother in America Maya is culturally confused and her life is punctuated by the inability to form close emotional bonds Maya meets Eric, and falls in love She is forced to confront the truth about her childhood She is transformed by the healing power of love But Maya s cool detachment remains Maybe this was meant to be a literary technique to show something It left me feeling annoyed. |READ DOWNLOAD ☹ Stone Field, True Arrow: A Novel ♬ In Her Debut Novel For Adults, Kyoko Mori Has Drawn On Ancient Myths, Reworked With Her Hallmark Lyrical Prose, To Probe The Eternal Question Given The Fragility Of Life, Is Love Too Great A Risk Maya Ishida Is No Stranger To Sorrow Torn From Her Artist Father And Native Japan As A Child, Raised By Her Cold, Ambitious Mother In Minneapolis, She Has Finally Put Together A Life With Few Disruptions A Marriage To A Man Who Never Asks Questions, A Quiet Job Weaving ClothesBut When Her Father Dies, Maya Is Pulled Back Into The Memory Of Their Parting She Must Question Her Placid Marriage, Her Decision Not To Become An Artist, And Even The Precarious Peace She Made With Her Mother, Before She Can Be Released To Feel Passion, Risk Change, And Fall In Love A quiet novel about a weaver in Minnesota, one of those stories where a woman builds up a safe life for herself and then comes to a crossroads where she has to decide whether to keep on keeping on or change directions, etc etc I remember enjoying it, though there wasn t quite anything about the story for me to grasp onto and like a lot. Years ago, Kyoko Mori taught at St Norbert s in De Pere and visited my class I wanted to love this book, but the dialogue felt stilted, almost as if two characters were doing the talking for everyone with a lot of superfluous additions The plot, too, felt cobwebby hard to grasp, strange sequence and jumps. A beautifully written book, very visual, slow and sad The slow pace is good practice for me as I tend to get impatient sometimes I wish the characters were developed and three dimensional This is a book to read for the imagery and esthetics, not for the story.