One Hundred and One Ways
By Mako Yoshikawa
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780553379693, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 2, 2000
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"I have spent most of my life in New Jersey, but the blood of a geisha courses through me yet."
If Kiki Takehashi's life is dramatically different from that of her reserved Japanese-American mother, it is light-years away from that of her grandmother, whom she knows only through old family stories. Kiki has recently become engaged to Eric, a handsome, successful New York City lawyer. But at the same time she is haunted--quite literally--by the memory of her friend Phillip, killed the previous year in a mountaineering accident.
Kiki has never met her grandmother Yukiko, for whom she is named. Still, thoroughly American though she is, she feels a secret kinship with her. Kiki is swept up by the story of this strong, proud, passionate woman who, against all odds, in a time and place far different from her own, was sold by her impoverished family, became a famous geisha, and found the love that has so far eluded the rest of the Takehashi women.
Lyrical, haunting, and stunningly evocative, One Hundred and One Ways introduces a powerful and exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.
Mako Yoshikawa has studied at Columbia University and Oxford. She has been the Vera M. Schuyler Fellow of Creative Writing at the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and she is a doctoral candidate in English literature at the University of Michigan. Her great-grandmother was a geisha.
"Resembles an intelligent cross between the bestselling Memoirs of a Geisha and the haunted-by-a-lost-love movie Ghost."
--The Detroit News
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Beautifully written, thoughtfully conceived...the writing resonates with authenticity...an impressive accomplishment."
--The Orlando Sentinel
"Authentic and appealing...a lovely, lyrical novel."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer