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"A jewel of a book . . . a work of art" (The New York Times Book Review). A young Japanese girl must deal with the suicide of her mother--and the hostility of her father and stepmother. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A Publishers Weekly Editor's Choice Best Book of 1993. "Lyrical...A beautifully written book about a bitterly painful coming of age."THE KIRKUS REVIEWSYuki Okuda knows her mother would be proud of her grades and her achievements in sports if she were alive. But she committed suicide. And Yuki has to learn how to live with a father who doesn't seem to love her and a stepmother who treats her badly. Most important, she has to learn how to live with herself: a twelve-year-old Japanese girl growing up alone, trying to make sense of a tragedy that makes no sense at all....... read more.