Tuesday, September 14, 2010
How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway (#45)
Shoko is a Japanese woman who marries an American soldier just after WWII, moves to the US and has two children. Years later as she faces health adversities and impending death, she reflects on unresolved family issues in Japan and implores her daughter Sue to help her. Sue and her daughter (Shoko's granddaughter) Helena make the journey to Japan and reconnect with the family while Shoko undergoes risky surgery to repair her heart. This is a well written first novel of international families, a favorite topic of mine.