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Reiko's Garden by Brenda Adcock
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 26, 2007
Publisher Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC
ISBN 1932300775 ISBN13 9781932300772
Availability 59 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 22, 2016 12:29.
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Life's Lessons Sep 3, 2007
Reiko's Garden is one of the finest books I have read in several years. The author's choice of the characters exemplies what our world is today. The story is one that everyone can identify with on a personal level. Ms Adcock's writing skills brings each character to life, weaving each personality within the story so that you actually feel you know the person. The book will remain on my bookshelf. I look forward to future works by this fine writer.
Unusual and Fresh Storytelling Mar 10, 2007
Brenda Adcock expertly conveys a powerful and moving story about hope and survival in Reiko's Garden, her second novel. It is effectively told from the point of view of Callie Owen, and features her life growing up in the mountains of Tennessee beginning from age ten in 1949 to the present, 55 years later. The book showcases her accidental but special friendship with a young widow, Reiko Sanders, a Japanese woman who married an American GI. The story also touches on a very dark period in American history - the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
When Reiko's Garden begins, Callie, her partner, Jean, of 30 years and their grown children, return to Frost Valley for Reiko's funeral. Callie has not been back to visit for years and has grown estranged from her siblings as well as lost track of Reiko's small family. She intends to pay her respects and leave the next day, but a sudden storm strands them. While waiting out the storm, Callie recounts her past and is confronted with a challenge for the future. In subsequent pages Callie shares her life and her deep connection with Reiko, a bond that altered the lives of two very different women and shaped Callie's life profoundly.
Adcock does an exceptional job of balancing the pain of prejudice with the bonds of friendship. We see both life's cruelties and life's joys as we learn about Callie's and Reiko's lives. The author paints a vivid picture of life in the Appalachian Mountains without any sugar coating; the language is real, and the events are unforgiving. We also experience the profound trust a child places in an adult when they are struggling with the loss of their parents and the break up of their family. As a young teen, Callie found a deep and abiding friendship in Reiko, and it helped her to endure especially when she discovered that she liked girls more than boys sexually. In turn Callie ignored the fear and ignorance that others in the valley expressed and refused to shun Reiko because she was considered the "enemy" by the valley's inhabitants. This friendship lasts a lifetime for these two women even when Callie leaves home, and the author skillfully interconnects their lives throughout the novel.
Reiko's Garden is one of those books that when you finish it, you want more. It is uplifting, full of optimism, and highlights what we all look for in life, unconditional love and acceptance. It is gutsy in its telling because it is genuine, sincere, and bold. This is not a typical lesbian novel or even a conventional story about friendship. Nothing about Callie and Reiko is standard fare, and that is why it is a must read.