The Friends of The Princeton Public Library Book Club is reading The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. Join them on Thursday, May 13th at 4:00pm to be a part of the discussion. The full review from BookReporter.com is as follows: Shortly before World War II, a Chinese man, sent to Japan to recover from tuberculosis, meets a desirable Japanese girl and begins a love story which brims over with undying love, devotion and passion. Gail Tsukiyama uses her poetic narrative style to compose the lovely story in THE SAMURAI’S GARDEN, a look at the coming together of two distinctively different cultures and how these differences cause a great deal of turmoil to two who are joined by the heart in a love for the ages.
In the Japanese seaside, rendered so completely that you’ll feel the salt settle gently on your skin as you read, Stephen comes to find rest and care for a body torn apart by tuberculosis. Matsu, a “Samurai of the Soul,” is a housekeeper and gardener who holds an intense secret. As Stephen recovers, he discovers more and more fascinating things about this man and grows to love Matsu’s soul mate, the beautiful and suffering Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy. The growth and depth of their love is a wonder to read; the soulful connection Stephen makes with Matsu will bring tears to your eyes.