Welcome to BOOK CLUB, a joint venture between me and Jen from Devourer of Books. Today we are going to be chatting about Picking Bones From Ash, by Marie Mutsuki Mockett which was published this month by Graywolf Press.
Picking Bones From Ash tells the dual narratives of Satomi a gifted pianist struggling in pursuit of goals that are largely defined by her mother, and her daughter Rumi who grows up in circumstances which are not dissimilar with her father in California. Weaving elements of the supernatural with fascinating details of Japanese culture, Buddhism, and the cultural differences between Japanese and Western culture, the novel gently explores the choices that defines the lives of these two women.
Before we get started, I would like to share the reviews of a few of the readers who will be participating in today’s discussion. Please feel free to leave your link in the comments section if I have missed it here.
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- First off, what were your general impressions of the book?
- Is this a book you would have read had you not been reading it for a book club?
- Due to the unfolding of recent events Japan has been in thoughts of many, did you find that it influenced the way you read or experienced this novel?
- What kinds of questions did you have during your reading? Were they answered?
- A reading group discussion guide was included with the paperback version of this novel. Which of the questions resonated with you and why? Did they prompt you to think in different ways about the book?
- What questions did you have for the group?
Marie Mutsuki Mockett – Blog Post About Family in Japan – Thanks Jen!
12 review copies of Picking Bones From Ash were provided by Graywolf Press in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you so much!