A Sky of Infinite Blue: A Japanese Immigrant's Search for Home and Self

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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Kyomi O'Connor moved to the States from Japan in February 1990 to work as a post-doctoral researcher at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Soon, she fell in love with her husband-to-be, Patrick. Their journey together led them to change their careers, move to San Diego, and practice Buddhism. They grew spiritually together, and became leaders in their Buddhist community and inseparable partners through the many hardships they faced together. Patrick fell ill in the summer of 2013 with the diagnosis of stage IV metastatic melanoma in the brain, and passed away three years later on July 4, 2016. After his death, writing helped Kyomi rediscover light in her life. These days, she spends her time writing (she's an active writer online at Medium), practicing yoga and Qi Gong, cooking, traveling, and taking photographs. Kyomi lives in San Diego with her two cats, Tommy and Omi.
2023 NYC Big Book Awards, Winner: Inspiration; Multicultural Nonfiction
2023 Readers' Favorite Book Awards, Finalist: Non-Fiction (Religion/Philosophy)
2023 National Indie Excellence Awards: Finalist in Cancer, Caregiving, Inspiration, and Marriage
2023 IPPY Awards: Silver Medalist, Multicultural Non-Fiction (Adult)
2023 CIBA (Chanticleer International Book Awards): Grand Prize, The Mind & Spirit Award
2023 Eric Hoffer Book Awards Category, Nominated
2023 Nautilus Book Awards, Gold Medal Winner in Multicultural & Indigenous
2023 Independent Press Award, Gold Medal Winner in Death & Dying
2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Gold Winner in Women's Literature (Non-Fiction)
2023 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Silver in Religion
2023 The da Vinci Award of Eric Hoffer Awards, Finalist
2023 Independent Publisher Book Award, Silver in Multicultural Non-fiction
2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Mind, Body, and Spirit
2023 Chanticleer International Book Awards, First Place, The Journey Award
2023 Chanticleer International Book Awards, The HEARTEN Award, Finalist
2023 The Indie Book Award, Finalist in Multi-cultural Non-fiction
2022 Fire Bird Award, 1st Place in Mind/Body/Spirit
2022 Foreword INDIES Finalist in Multicultural (Adult Nonfiction)
2022 Fire Bird Award, 1st Place in Multi-cultural Non-fiction
2022 Fire Bird Award, 2nd Place in Grief

" . . . a beautiful sense of introspection . . . . [O'Connor's] prose effortlessly encourages readers to invest emotionally in the author's life, and there are many lessons imparted throughout the journey that readers can - and should - take away and implement in their own lives. Overall, A Sky of Infinite Blue is a book written with no small degree of bravery . . . . I cannot imagine someone reading it from cover to cover without feeling moved and enlightened by the experience."

--Readers' Favorite

"Quiet, meditative, and graceful, A Sky of Infinite Blue intertwines a spiritual journey with the personal pursuit of freedom."

--Foreword Reviews, 5/5 stars

"An engaging and poignant immigrant account with sharp, sincere, and tenderly insightful writing."

--Kirkus Reviews

"Kyomi O'Connor deftly weaves personal narrative with spiritual guidance in her unforgettable memoir. Powerful and heartrending, A Sky of Infinite Blue is a soaring account of self-examination and resilience in the face of overwhelming grief, a lantern of spirituality illuminating the darkness."

--Ly Tran, the author of the highly acclaimed memoir House of Sticks

"A remarkable account of a life filled with trials, ultimately leading to spiritual growth, love, and warm-hearted wisdom. I had trouble putting this book down. Kudos to Kyomi O'Connor for a well-told tale of forgiveness, strength, and staying in the moment. I highly recommend A Sky of Infinite Blue."

--Lindsey Salatka, award-winning author of Fish Heads and Duck Skin

"Kyomi's poetic and beautiful memoir is a deeply authentic story of her journey to become whole, to claim herself. Her story invites us all to go into the core of our Being and find the spiritual truths that guide us through dark nights of the soul, allow us to see the light."

--Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, author of Don't Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains, and two books on the craft of memoir

"A Sky of Infinite Blue is like a beautiful piece of music, complex in its harmonies as she peels back the layers of her psyche and her relationship to her beloved husband. Her writing is courageous; she never shies away from telling the truth about her personal struggles and the difficulties of her marriage."

--Cindy Rasicot Author of Finding Venerable Mother

"A Sky of Infinite Blue is a poignant weaving of the difficult and the delightful. Her decision to live in America led her to risk love in her relationship with Patrick, an immigrant from England. Their unfolding life story shows how transformation happens through a mixture of deep love, painful loss, and devotion to faith and community that offers support when life also dismantles you."

--Gail Warner, author of Weaving Myself Awake, therapist, and founder of Pine Manor Retreat Center

"A Sky of Infinite Blue is poignant and moving. You will be inspired, impressed, and amazed at Kyomi's resilience and devotion to not only the men in her life but to her family and herself."

--Leslie Johansen Nack, author of multiple award-winning memoir Fourteen and novel The Blue Butterfly

"Kyomi O'Connor has boldly and bravely written a compelling book. It is full of life, with all its sorrows, joys, moments, thoughts, conflicts, trials, and emotions. Real wisdom lives here, infused with the Buddhist teachings that guide Kyomi. I urge you to read this book and accompany Kyomi on her journey through life. Its richness is guaranteed to inform your own life journey."

--Michael D. Burg, MD, Consultant, Freelancer, Writer

"Kyomi O'Connor shares her struggle in finding meaning and purpose that many of us fail to realize. Her story is a modern day telling of Siddhartha's intellectual and spiritual journey to find peace in a selfless life. This may help us all find a little more light and blue sky within the darkness and pressures of modern society."

--Gregory Daniels MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine

"This story dramatically begins with the end: the loss of a best friend, lover, and husband. A fascinating page-turner; many lessons can be learned in this tale of passion, friendship, and determination where a bright side to sadness is found. A joy to read and a compelling memoir I didn't want to end."

--Marian Young, Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health

"Kyomi's memoir grips your heart from the first words of the prologue and doesn't let go. It is a love story between Kyomi and her partner, her faith, her very essence of self, and the broader human experience. While deeply personal, it shares truths of the human spirit that are so universal, one cannot help but feel a connection to her paradoxically unique and yet fundamentally common humanity. She fearlessly and genuinely shares her courage and her pain, inspiring all of us to "turn our scars and wounds into treasures."

--Dr. Donna L. Roberts, Fellow of the Royal Arts Society, professor at ERAU, and author of a dozen of the anthology books, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Psych Pstuff, and others, and four academic books

"A deeply personal journey filled with moments of intense pain, absolute joy, and, ultimately,
a sense of acceptance and peace. Kyomi's efforts to understand and learn from these experiences are influenced by having a foot in two cultures and by the strings that tie her
to the family of her birth and of her own making. Her compassion for the people in her life
is present on every page, even when she struggles to decipher the meaning behind their actions and emotions."

--Lori Shein, editor of Young Adult Nonfiction Books

"A reminder to all of us how life is an ever-unfolding river from which the events of childhood, adulthood, and tragedy can continuously be interpreted, reinterpreted, and altered by new understanding. These can and should be looked at as areas of growth and fodder
for our future selves, leading to a sky of infinite blue for all of us."

--Bonnie Szumski, owner of Bow Editorial Services

"A Sky of Infinite Blue is a compelling tale of love and loss, rich in wonder, feeling, and surprise. O'Connor will invite you in, serve you tea, and disarm you with her simple warmth, goodwill, and honesty. Your tea, though, may grow cold, forgotten, by the time you turn the final page."

--Ed Robson, poet, writer, PhD, MFA

"An absorbing story. Kyomi explores life through the lens of childhood, teachings, and especially, the flowering of her spirituality. In its fierce quest for meaning, Kyomi's book reveals her amazing, indomitable spirit."

--Sally W. Buffington, author of A Place Like This: Finding Myself in a Cape Cod Cottage

"A love story with many twists and turns. This book will shed light on the tragedy of living a life of feeling 'less' yet ultimately rising above all hardship to ultimately love oneself as much as you love others."

--Laura L. Engel, author of You'll Forget This Ever Happened

"A Sky of Infinite Blue reflects Kyomi's spiritual journey starting from her childhood to her own family building bridged between the East and West. Her journey portrays drawing and captivating moments with beautifully woven metaphors and self-reflections. In the end, peace and light were bestowed on her once-wounded soul."

--Mehmet Yildiz, Editor-in-Chief, Illumination Integrated Publications