Traveling Book Discussion Group

The Traveling Book Group is meeting to discuss A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00.

dictionary of mutual understanding book coverFrom Library Journal: Having lost daughter Yuko and seven-year-old grandson Hideo nearly 40 years previously in the bombing of Nagasaki, Amaterasu Takahashi finds her wounds painfully reopened when a disfigured man mysteriously arrives on her doorstep in the United States, claiming to be Hideo. Coming from Japan, Hideo brings Amaterasu a note from his adoptive mother, coincidentally the wife of an old family friend, and a package containing letters to his mother, Yuko. What unfolds is the story not only of Amaterasu’s mission to determine whether the man claiming to be Hideo is truly her long-lost grandson but also of other individuals who intersected in Amaterasu’s past. VERDICT In this debut, Copleton has successfully produced a well-crafted and lightly suspenseful tale of true and forbidden love and a wealth of secret revelations. Her strong characterizations recall those of writers such as Margaret Dalloway and Gail Tsukiyama. Readers who enjoy those authors’ works, as well as Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha and Katherine Govier’s The Printmaker’s Daughter , will be drawn to this story.— Shirley Quan, Orange Cty. P.L., Santa Ana, CA –Shirley Quan (Reviewed December 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 20, p89)

Copies of the book are available at the library, and all are welcome to join the discussion. This book group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00.