I just finished the April book for our book club. It's the samurai's Garden. I highly suggest it for your Spring read. It takes place in Japan in 1937-38 during a troubled war with China. A young man, college age, has been sent to his Chinese families summer home in Japan. He is ill with Tb and the coastal air is thought to be helpful. This is a charming story of his life there, seen through his journal. I could hardly put this book down. the characters are real to life and interesting. I could feel the ocean air, smell the flowers in the garden. I could taste the lovely meals that were prepared for this boy. I now want mochi for lunch so Clint how do I cook it again?
You will be happy with the outcome and maybe even enjoy the few tears this book brings. The author Gail Tsukiyama is Chinese/Japanese American, prefect for sharing this story of a Chinese boy in a waring Japan!
Costco here has the book, but don't forget the library is a free source of reading material.
Oh it's spring and I'd love to be in Japan again. Loved Cherry blossom season. This book will take you there along with a whole year of Japan's seasons.
For my son I suggest he and his wife read it out loud together! He and my daughter Cheryl can pronounce all the lovely Japanese words used in this bookHappy reading!