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Shizuko's Daughter av Kyoko Mori
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Shizuko's Daughter (utgåvan 1994)

av Kyoko Mori (Författare)

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After her mother's suicide when she is twelve years old, Yuki spends years living with her distant father and his resentful new wife, cut off from her mother's family, and relying on her own inner strength to cope with the tragedy.
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Titel:Shizuko's Daughter
Författare:Kyoko Mori (Författare)
Info:Fawcett (1994), Edition: Later Printing, 224 pages
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Shizuko's Daughter av Kyoko Mori

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    Like a Thorn av Clara Vidal (meggyweg)
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    The Shape of Water av Anne Spollen (meggyweg)
    meggyweg: Both of these books are about teen girls having to deal with their mother's suicide, their father's remarriage and the thoroughly inadequate adults in their lives.
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A low key, yet enjoyable book which reflects what I believe to be Japanese culture--that is: respect for elders and ancestors, always considering how your actions reflect on your family. We also learn about differences between Japanese society and American, e.g. that children are assigned to the father after a divorce, and the mother loses contact, that employers will consider family problems at home as a reflection of an employee's ability to do their job at work.
As a bright and energetic young child, Yuki received a lot of love, teachings, and positive affirmations from mother. Now teenaged Yuki resents her new stepmother because she feels her father's relationship with that woman contributed to her mother's suicide. Yuki has a lot of inner strength to be able to follow her inner truth despite the lack of support she receives.
Includes description of Japan's geography, so we can understand the distances between different places in the story, and a well-explained glossary of Japanese words use. ( )
  juniperSun | Mar 23, 2019 |
I'm marking this a "really liked it" as I think it will stay with me for quite a while. I had to put it down a few times as the subject matter got a bit heavy.

Yuki Okuda is a bright, artistic and athletic 12 year old girl. Her mother, Shizuko, spend much time together drawing, painting, reading, enjoying the beauty of Nature and music. Yuki's father spends most of his time away from home working or otherwise busy. This world comes to an abrupt end when Yuki comes home from piano lessons to find her mother dead on the kitchen floor. Shizuko has committed suicide and left Yuki a note about it.

From this point on, the book tells of Yuki's dealing with this shattering of her life. She withdraws and becomes blunt to the point of rudeness with people. Her father continues to be distant and adds to it by taking a new wife only a year after Shizuko's death. The relationship between the new wife and Yuki never gets off the ground. Added to that is Yuki is no longer alloowed to spend time with her maternal grandparents, because it would be awkward with the new wife.

Yuki finds it hard to understand why her mother would leave her like she did. The stigma of suicide, a stepmother who can only criticize Yuki and who promptly disposes of anything related to Yuki's mother by storing it in the attic or throwing it away, the lack of contact with the only grandparents and aunts and uncles she has known is a lot for a child to work through.

The chapters were written at various times, so each is like a short story yet they tie together well. Starting at twelve years old and working on through college age, the book give an interesting look at Japanese culture and behaviour in this type of situation. A culture who is centered on not behaving in any that would give scandal or gossip for people to talk about, and the secrets that are concealed behind that façade.

Though it is a young adult book, it can easily be read by adults, both groups getting a goodread from it. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Dec 16, 2017 |
Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years. ( )
  odinblindeye | Apr 2, 2013 |
For a YA novel I really enjoyed the story. I read this book for a reading challenge. It is a great book for young girls to read about being strong when things seem to go wrong around you. It is a story of growth. ( )
  Anietzerck | Mar 17, 2011 |
Shizuko's Daughter tells the story of Yuki, a young Japanese girl who's life is greatly affected by her mother's suicide. The author does an excellent job of enlightening the reader about the Japanese culture through the natural narrative flow of the story. She does not blatantly state, "It is this way in Japan because..." The story is heart-breaking, yet beautiful. ( )
  mysteena | May 24, 2010 |
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