I have already recommended this book to my sister - it is slow to develop into a story about a younger sister's loss of her older sister. The love described is beautiful; the sister is nurtured by her sister and she, in turn, nurtures her younger brother. The parents, immigrants from Japan in the early 50's, must work every day for long hours. They love their children, but the direct nurturing comes from each other.
There is no comparison to this book. It was so delightful in many ways but so sad in other ways.
I loved her role in first person telling the story of a young woman's perspective of having an ill sister and of her having to take on roles that aren't comfortable. She portrayed the character very well.
The only thing I didn't clearly understand was some of the cultural issues. I would have to look to ensure that Japanese people celebrate American New Year in that area rather than Chinese New Year - they very well may have started embracing American holidays. Most other Asians celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The audio version was moving because it tells a family story.
My favorite character was the author. He had a lot of loss, but still got into the "causes" within his family and the tragedies that occurred. He had a lot of insight but appeared to obtain this it only because he was a victim of all of it.
The author - Mikal Gilmore - most of us knew about his famous brother, but not about him.
Shot in the Heart
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