In Plain View

Julie Shigekuni (Author)
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Description

Daidai and her husband Hiroshi have what many of their friends believe is a perfect life. Daidai has recently left her job as curator of the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo so that she and Hiroshi, a university professor, can try for a baby. Frustrated by their lack of success so far, and by their increasingly clinical love life, Daidai befriends Satsuki, one of Hiroshi's graduate students. Newly arrived from Japan, Satsuki clings to her friendship to Daidai and quickly becomes a mainstay in their household.

Spurred by a revelation concerning Satsuki's estranged mother and a disturbing trip to Japan where Daidai discovered Satsuki's father was engaged in illegal, and illicit, activities, Daidai begins to seriously question Satsuki's seemingly innocent connection to three possible murders.

Daidai's concerns about Satsuki are dismissed as jealousy by her husband until Daidai's investigation will lead to a harrowing confrontation between the two women, and Satsuki's true intentions will be revealed. At once a taut psychological thriller and examination of cultural divides, Shigekuni's In Plain View is never as it appears.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Unnamed Press
Publish Date
November 22, 2016
Pages
246
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781939419989
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About the Author

Julie Shigekuni is the author of four novels: A Bridge Between Us (Anchor/Doubleday 1995), Invisible Gardens (St. Martin's Press 2003) and Unending Nora (Red Hen Press 2008). Her fiction has been translated into German, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian. Shigekuni was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and the recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. She has received a Henfield Award and an American Japanese Literary Award for her writing. Shigekuni received her B.A. from CUNY Hunter College and her M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently at work on a novella and short story collection entitled Beep on Me, and a 60-minute video documentary, Manju Mammas & the An-Pan Brigade, for which she has received funding from the California Council for the Humanities and the Skirball Foundation and sponsorship from Visual Communications, an all Asian media network. She is director of the creative writing program and Development Director of an Asian American Studies program being launched at the University of New Mexico.

Reviews


Praise for Julie Shigekuni
Artfully evocative... The lesson one takes from [this book] is time-honored in every culture. "The New York Times Book Review"
Julie Shigekuni seems to know well painfully well the complex loyalties that a settled modern woman owes to the world that would define her: to her spouse, to her children and parents, to work and to the home, and (most perilously) to her heritage and heart. What can happen when all these loyalties suddenly collide is the subject of this elegant, suspenseful, and ultimately haunting tale. Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author of "Three Junes"
This is an intense and introspective book...Shigekuni s well-crafted first novel succeeds in engaging the reader in its exploration of a universal theme. "The San Francisco Chronicle"
With the skill of an accomplished novelist, Shigekuni tells a powerful story of the strength of family and the creation of identity...A first novel that betokens a promising career indeed. "Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
A family saga on an intimate scale... Shigekuni evokes with skill and sensitivity the many colorations of unhappiness that tinge these interwoven lives. "Boston Globe""
Julie Shigekuni s prose is shimmering and hallucinatory. The beauty of her writing turns the heat and hard times of California into a dreamscape. Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth
Julie Shigekuni's thriller delves deep into marriage and friendship, exploring the thin line between love and betrayal. In Plain View explores its Japanese American protagonist's experiences and unique point of view with a refreshing candor that is still too rare in contemporary American fiction." May-lee Chai, author of Hapa Girl
Mystery fans will enjoy Shigekuni s well-written if enigmatic tale Shigekuni does a superb job of portraying her lead s insecurities. Publishers Weekly
Artfully evocative... The lesson one takes from [this book] is time-honored in every culture. The New York Times Book Review
Julie Shigekuni seems to know wellpainfully wellthe complex loyalties that a settled modern woman owes to the world that would define her: to her spouse, to her children and parents, to work and to the home, and (most perilously) to her heritage and heart. What can happen when all these loyalties suddenly collide is the subject of this elegant, suspenseful, and ultimately haunting tale. Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author of Three Junes
This is an intense and introspective book...Shigekuni s well-crafted first novel succeeds in engaging the reader in its exploration of a universal theme. The San Francisco Chronicle
With the skill of an accomplished novelist, Shigekuni tells a powerful story of the strength of family and the creation of identity...A first novel that betokens a promising career indeed. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A family saga on an intimate scale... Shigekuni evokes with skill and sensitivity the many colorations of unhappiness that tinge these interwoven lives. Boston Globe
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