Plum Wine


Product Details

University of Wisconsin Press
Publish Date
6.38 X 9.28 X 1.05 inches | 1.31 pounds

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About the Author

Angela Davis-Gardner is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Felice and Forms of Shelter. Her short stories and personal essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines including Shenandoah and The Greensboro Review. She is professor of creative writing at North Carolina State University.


Durham Herald Sun
"A delicate and moving story about self-discovery and the search for understanding in the face of the cruelty human beings can inflict upon each other. [Davis-Gardner] treats each of her characters and settings with the quiet dignity considered such an integral part of the Japanese culture, even as she reveals their fears and their flaws. Her style is as spare and graceful as Japanese calligraphy, each word a purposeful and precise stroke evoking a world steeped in tradition trying to come to grips with the chaos of a new age."

News and Observer
"Plum Wine illuminates the difficult process of discovering the careful balance between knowledge and inexperience, innocence and clarity. [Angela Davis-Gardner] displays just the right touch in her multilayered third novel, "Plum Wine," never once losing the powerfully bare quality of a soft brush on rice paper.", April 2006
"Davis-Gardner is an excellent tour guide: her vivid descriptions and lucid explanations of all things Japanese are nearly enough to make you impulsively purchase a plane ticket. Visions of elaborate tea ceremonies, emerald evergreen branches and the golden plums that make Michi's wine make Plum Wine sensual, inviting, illuminating. The reader will pick up a few bits of vocabulary, and perhaps an appetite for eel, mochi cake, and most certainly the sweet drink that gives the book its name."
"A mystery that unfolds as beautifully, delicately, and ceremoniously as a lotus blossom. One of the most memorable novels I have read in many years."--Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls