A problem novel -- the theme of racial intermarriage and the unsolved question of the status of Eurasians. An American girl --a New Englander -- defies tradition and marries a Japanese. Their life in Tokyo disproves her conviction that she could keep her identity and mold East and West into a harmonious whole. She found her own life cut off in the middle-- and hoped to save her daughter much that she had suffered, only to find her problem yet more serious, more fundamental. The happy ending is less convincing than the years of heartbreak and struggle. The book lacks the complete sincerity and the poetry of his earlier novel, To The Mountain. But it is interesting.