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Wm. E. Durr Branch DILLO M (Text) 33126020036178 Display Available -

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  • ISBN: 0399170804 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780399170805 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xv, 381 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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  • Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]

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Summary, etc.: "The award-winning author of How to Be and American Housewife returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits. Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Married to a wonderful man and is a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn't returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Haruki, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel's domineering father, Killian becomes enraged. In a rare moment of lucidity, Haruki asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister's help in the search. The book-which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan-reveals truths about Drew and Rachel's relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets"--
Subject: Samurai Japan 12th century Fiction
Family secrets Fiction
Sisters Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2014 November #1

    Given power of attorney by her ailing Japanese mother, which angers her uncompromising father, Rachel Snow must ask sister Drew to help find a book their mother wants—the story of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, which ends up illuminating the sisters' relationship. That story-within-a-story will be available as a stand-alone ebook; Dilloway's The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns was a top pick on the 2013 RUSA Reading List.

    [Page 56]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 April #1

    Mirroring aspects of her successful debut novel, How To Become an American Housewife, Dilloway (The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns) returns to her Japanese American roots with her storytelling. Sisters Rachel Perotti, mother of two, and Drew Snow, a struggling musician, learn more about their mother, Hikari Sato, a Japanese "mail order" bride who married their somewhat sexist and chauvinistic father, Killian Snow. Hikari experiences a brief moment of lucidity from her recently diagnosed dementia and grants Rachel power of attorney, enraging Killian. The sisters come back together over a photo album/book, learning about female samurai Tomoe Gozen, and possible family ties to this late 12th-century Japanese warrior. Story lines move between the lives of Tomoe and the Snow sisters' dysfunctional upbringing and their modern-day struggles. VERDICT Dilloway's characterizations of strong female protagonists are well done. The contemporary sections featuring the sisters provide greater depth and satisfaction than the historical one. Dilloway might have done better creating two independent stories/novels or expanding the tale of Hikari Sato to tie the other plotlines together. Still, the work is a laudable effort overall. [See Prepub Alert, 10/5/14.]—Shirley Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Santa Ana, CA

    [Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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