A finely worded memoir of coming to terms with a Japanese heritage, by a Japanese-American who's a community-college counselor in Seattle. ``Feudal Japan floats around my mother,'' Minatoya writes. ``It followed her into our American home and governed my girlhood life....In that feudal code, all females were silent and yielding.'' But Minatoya is an American brought up on ``iconoclastic choice and irrepressible hope,'' uncomfortable with ``being in-between.'' Here, her spiritual journey begins with memories of growing up in Albany in the 1950's and of the tragic figure of a grandmother she knew only from one photograph.
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