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Short Synopsis
Shortly before World War II, a Chinese man, sent to Japan to recover from tuberculosis, meets a lovely Japanese girl and four older residents, beginning a love story abrim with passion and sacrifice.

Full Synopsis
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Gail Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a twenty-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

"An extraordinarily graceful and moving novel about goodness and beauty. . . . Tsukiyama is a wise and spellbinding storyteller." ---Booklist Starred Review

"Beautifully crafted . . . Tsukiyama's writing is crystalline and delicate, notably in her evocation of time and place." ---Publishers Weekly

"Delicate, absorbing, and melancholy. . . . An engaging story." ---Kirkus
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The Samurai's Garden

A Novel

Author Gail Tsukiyama

Narrated by David Shih

Publication date Mar 7, 2017

Running time 9 hrs

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