The Snow Kimono (Hardback)Mark Henshaw (author)
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On the same day that retired police inspector Auguste Jovert receives a letter from a woman claiming to be his daughter, he returns to his Paris apartment to find a stranger waiting for him.
That stranger is a Japanese professor called Tadashi Omura. What's brought him to Jovert's doorstep is not clear, but then he begins to tell his story - a story of a fractured friendship, lost lovers, orphaned children, and a body left bleeding in the snow.
As Jovert pieces together the puzzle of Omura's life, he can't help but draw parallels with his own; for he too has lead a life that's been extraordinary and dangerous - and based upon a lie.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 548 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 30 mm
A striking piece of work, with all the intricate, precise beauty of an origami bird * Lady *
Gripping... each chapter builds on the one before, unfolding through levels of story to unpack deeper and deeper truths * Guardian *
Wonderful...a novel of detection, a thriller of the intellect * Sydney Morning Herald *
Stunning and hypnotic... You won't read another novel like THE SNOW KIMONO this year, or perhaps for many to come * Asian Review of Books *
This book casts a spell from the start....A highly original book full of small sensations with the bonus of being a joy to read * Shots Magazine *
Strongly atmospheric, the vivid scenery of Japan resonates through Henshaw's carefully placed words as he creates a psychological thriller * Scottish Woman *
The novel questions authorship and the slipperiness of memory...[Its] narrative twists are challengingly clever * Australian Book Review *
The writing is beautiful: pellucid and wonderfully visual, painting memorable landscape cameos. The reader is compliant, willingly engaged with a story that starts in medias res and branches in unexpected and seemingly unconnected yet complementary directions * Advertiser *
Masterful...a tale almost as seamless, and of such a rich fabric, as one of Sachiko's mother's famous kimonos * Sydney Review of Books *
Henshaw creates a world of psychological complexity and emotional subtlety in a story that moves from Paris to Japan and back again...Henshaw's prose shimmers as his narrative becomes ever more nuanced, complex, and misleading * Kirkus Reviews *
Henshaw's prose [is] luminous and crisp, like the snowy countryside of Japan or the barren lanes of Algiers...When I finished The Snow Kimono, I raised my head, vaguely surprised that I was at home, in familiar surrounds, and it was still daylight outside. I turned straight back to page one and began again * Saturday Paper *
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