by Margaret Dilloway
Shoko and Sue are mother and daughter. Shoko is a traditional Japanese woman; Sue is a typical American woman. In the past, these two have clashed.
Now, as Shoko’s age and health slow her down, she has a request to make of Sue: travel to Japan. Shoko wants Sue to find Shoko’s brother, the brother who rejected her for marrying an American GI so many years ago.
This novel takes place in the past and present, neatly telling the story of Shoko and her Japanese and American experiences.
It’s not perfect, but definitely passable.