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S pulled back into the memory of their parting She must uestion her placid marriage her decision not to become an artist and even the precarious peace she made with her mother before she can be released to feel passion risk change and fall in lov A uiet novel about a weaver in Minnesota one of those stories where a woman builds up a safe life for herself and then comes to a crossroads where she has to decide whether to keep on keeping on or change directions etc etc I remember enjoying it though there wasn t uite anything about the story for me to grasp onto and like a lot

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Stone Field True Arrow A Novel

In her debut novel for adults Kyoko Mori has drawn on ancient myths reworked with her hallmark lyrical prose to probe the eternal uestion Given the fragility of life is love too great a riskMaya Ishida is no stranger to sorrow Torn from her artis I couldn t understand the characters in this story so I couldn t relate to them Maya seemed cold and distant with everyone except her best friend Yuko It s like Maya only had room in her heart for 1 personI couldn t understand why Maya s father Ishida Mayumi returned all her letters unopened He also seemed cold but the stories he told her as a child showed he loved her He must have been broken heartedMaybe Maya s husband Jeff got so lonely living with a distant person that he went back to his crazy first wife At least there was interactionKay Maya s mother is a control freak so I can see why Maya would abandon her in a restaurantWhen Maya sees Eric s studio she thinks of her father She is recalling the black and white photograph Mr Kubo sent her of her father in the last years of his life The image fills her mind like a view from the sky His face could have been a landscape she knew well desolate but beautiful If she could have sat by him in the last months of his life she would have known every inch of his face every passage of light and shadow across it and memorized all the details She would have learned the shades of meaning in his slightest smile or frown she would have known him in his weakest and strongest moments Page 163Maya s father had named her Mayumi true arrow because the name suggested strength and fidelity a person who can fly like an arrow straight to the heart of the matter She has turned out to be like the single arrow from another proverb a single arrow is easily broken Page 208May lies to Yuko about her affair with Eric and then won t go with Eric when he leavesI believe the ending is about Maya sending a letter to Eric so he ll call her and they ll live together Maya will see Yuko relatively few times a year but their friendship will remain strong

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T father and native Japan as a child raised by her cold ambitious mother in Minneapolis she has finally put together a life with few disruptions a marriage to a man who never asks uestions a uiet job weaving clothesBut when her father dies Maya i Picked it up on the free shelf Chicago area author I m guessing She had a beautiful style which kept me going through some depressing subject matter divorce dysfunctional families artistic frustration and painfully obvious metaphors I jokingly referred to it as the sensitive Japanese American woman novel but still got uite engrossed in it The protagonist tended to make a lot of choices I wouldn t make and she seemed a bit crazy but she had a right to be after all the stuff that happened to her


10 thoughts on “Stone Field True Arrow A Novel

  1. says:

    I couldn't understand the characters in this story so I couldn't relate to them Maya seemed cold and distant with everyone except her best frien

  2. says:

    Written in 2000 Hayashi means Stand of Trees When her father dies Maya reflects on his life and comes to understand him As an artist he taught her as a child that love means making the sacrifice of letting go He sent back every letter she sent him unopened He sent back Maya's letters because to read them was to

  3. says:

    I picked up Kyoko Mori when I was still in junior high I think and read Shizuko's Daughter Looking back it's a novel that's very much remained with me I still remember the parts about the pottery and the drawings of the kimonos and the flowers

  4. says:

    Picked it up on the free shelf Chicago area author I'm guessing She had a beautiful style which kept me going through some depressing subject matter divorce dysfunctional families artistic frustration and painfully obvious metaphors I jokingly referred to it as the sensitive Japanese American woman novel but still got uite engrossed in it The protagonist tended to make a lot of choices I wouldn't make and she seemed a bit crazy

  5. says:

    Stone Field True Arrow will appeal to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider Maya has to leave her beloved father in Japan She begins a new life with her emotionally abusive mother in America Maya is culturally confused and her life is punctuated by the inability to form close emotional bonds Maya meets Eric and falls in love

  6. says:

    Well crafted but I may be the wrong demographic to really appreciate this novel I'm significantly older than the main characters I finished reading because it was artfully and carefully written I did get tired of the number of characters who co

  7. says:

    The was a very evocative novel The main character is emotionally stunted due to her absent father and emotionally abusive and narcissistic mother I thought the author explained how an artist might think and found that very appealing The relationships however were very dysfunctional uncommunicative with each other Yet I wound up caring about the people I would read another book by this author

  8. says:

    Years ago Kyoko Mori taught at St Norbert's in De Pere and visited my class I wanted to love this book but the dialogue felt stilted almost as if two characters were doing the talking for everyone with a lot of superfluous additions The plot too felt cobwebby hard to grasp strange seuence and jumps

  9. says:

    A uiet novel about a weaver in Minnesota one of those stories where a woman builds up a safe life for herself and then comes to a cr

  10. says:

    Honestly there was a lot of potential with this book but there was something missing I didn't like anyone and I wished the entire time that Maya would grow a backbone or at least tell someone off I don't recommend this one at all

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