Marie Mutsuki Mockett's first novel covers a lot of territory. A literary work with speculative elements, Mockett's debut represents a keen investigation on the complexities of identity.
The narrative spans three generations of women; its settings vary--from Japan to Europe and America. By spanning the globe, the narrative engages cultural traditions and the uncertainty of "place" in foreign locales as a means of investigating connection.
And the connection that is most clear and vital to the story here is that bond between a mother and a daughter.
Mockett's assured prose--active, lively and fluid--makes this a quick read, but the lessons and insights on the complexities of what it means to be a part of something larger (a culture, a generation and, ultimately, a family) are always sharp and accessible.
A very strong debut and a recommended read. Mockett maintains a web journal here...