Miyamoto, a prize-winning author in Japan, writes with an unfaltering, quiet authority… Kinshu is finally available to the English-speaking world. We're fortunate to have it.
San Francisco Chronicle

As delicate as the shimmering wings of a dragonfly, Kinshu – an epistolary novel by one of Japan's most popular literary authors – is a masterpiece of simplicity and beauty.

Kinshu

Fiction by Teru Miyamoto

Life, death, karma–these interwoven themes form the heart of this lyrical novel in letters, Kinshu: Autumn Brocade, the first work to be published in the U.S. by Teru Miyamoto, one of Japan’s most popular literary writers. The word kinshu has many connotations in Japanese–brocade, poetic writing, the brilliance of autumn leaves–and resonates here as a vibrant metaphor for the complex, intimate relationship between Aki and Yasuaki. Ten years after a dramatic divorce, they meet by chance at a mountain resort. Aki initiates a new correspondence, and letter by letter through the seasons, the secrets of the past unfold as they reflect on their present struggles. From a lover’s suicide to a father’s controlling demands, to Mozart’s Thirty-ninth Symphony (“a veritable marvel of sixteenth notes”), to the karmic consequences of their actions, the story glides through their deeply introspective and stirring exchanges. What begins as a series of accusations and apologies, questions and excuses, turns into a source of mutual support and healing.

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Paperback (published February 1, 2008)

ISBN
9780811216753
Price US
14.95
Price CN
19
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
224

Clothbound (published February 1, 2008)

ISBN
9780811216333
Price US
22.95
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
224

Teru Miyamoto

21st Century Japanese novelist

Miyamoto, a prize-winning author in Japan, writes with an unfaltering, quiet authority… Kinshu is finally available to the English-speaking world. We're fortunate to have it.
San Francisco Chronicle