Books by Gail Tsukiyama

A HUNDRED FLOWERS by Gail Tsukiyama
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The result reads like a faded black-and-white photo, charming but indistinct."
A young boy and his family struggle to adjust after the imprisonment of his father, an outspoken intellectual, in this dour slice-of-life novel about Maoist China from Tsukiyama (The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STREET OF A THOUSAND BLOSSOMS by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Reserved storytelling damages a potentially riveting tale."
A disappointing saga of brothers in World War II Tokyo. Read full book review >
DREAMING WATER by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A poignant portrait of mother-daughter love in the face of death, without the attendant melodrama easily wrung from such material."
Embracing a far smaller universe than her usual sweeping historical fare (The Language of Threads, 1999, etc.), Tsukiyama blossoms with an intimate portrait of a mother and her dying daughter. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF THREADS by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

"A meandering story that's historically fascinating but emotionally uninvolving."
A saga of a Chinese woman in the WWII era—and sequel to Women of the Silk (1991). Read full book review >
THE SAMURAI'S GARDEN by Gail Tsukiyama
Released: March 1, 1995

"An engaging story—a forgotten love triangle coupled with the misery of leprosy—dulled by the dim voice of its narrator."
A slow and detached narrative tells the story of Hong Kong's Stephen Chan, who, in 1938 at the age of 20, is sent to recover from tuberculosis in his family's summer house in a small Japanese fishing village. Read full book review >
WOMEN OF THE SILK by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Readers looking for a stirring story about Asian women's lives would be better off trying Sky Lee's Disappearing Moon Cafe (see above)."
Strangely stiff and predictable coming-of-age debut novel about a young Chinese girl's hardships in early-20th-century China. Read full book review >