With precision and clarity, Traci Kato-Kiriyama narrates Lin's poignant memoir on mental illness, motherhood, and the loss of her father to cancer. The memoir is divided into four sections, in accordance with the traditional Japanese four-part narrative. Japanese mythology and language are interwoven throughout, and Kato-Kiriyama's ease with them creates a sense of authenticity. Kato-Kiriyama brings forth Lin's personal experiences, both joyous and challenging, in a somber yet empathetic tone, subtly highlighting the author's keen insights. Kato-Kiriyama's deliberate pacing underscores the meditative quality of this work. While the memoir is episodic in nature, it follows a chronological path that makes it easy for listeners to comprehend. Lin's sharp observations and moving remembrances are well served by Kato-Kiriyama's perceptive performance. M.J. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780063213265 $27.99
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