Yuki Means Happiness (Paperback)
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Yuki Means Happiness (Paperback)

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Published: 11/01/2018
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'A mystery, a love story and a fascinating encounter with a different culture, Yuki Means Happiness is an outstanding novel' John Boyne

Diana is young and uneasy in a new relationship when she leaves America and moves halfway around the world to Tokyo seeking adventure. In Japan she takes a job as a nanny to two-year-old Yuki Yoshimura and sets about adapting to a routine of English practice, ballet and swimming lessons, and Japanese cooking.

But as Diana becomes increasingly attached to Yuki she also becomes aware that everything in the Yoshimura household isn't as it first seemed. Before long, she must ask herself if she is brave enough to put everything on the line for the child under her care, confronting her own demons at every step of the way.

Yuki Means Happiness is a rich and powerfully illuminating portrait of the intense relationship between a young woman and her small charge, as well as one woman's journey to discover her true self.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781848549616
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 20 mm


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A mystery, a love story and a fascinating encounter with a different culture, Yuki Means Happiness is an outstanding novel - John Boyne

The theme of Alison Jean Lester's novel is the maternal instinct, movingly evoked here in various guises. It's funny, warm, scary - and thoroughly recommended - Daily Mail

With Alison Jean Lester's beautiful prose, the simplicity of the narrative, and the uneasy complexities of her characters bubbling to the surface, the plot is much more than what the nanny saw . . . she has the Midas touch - Mitford Society

Beautifully rendered . . . Lester has the most wonderful eye, capturing the little details of Diana's alien new life with such simplicity and precision as to capture a rare beauty in the everyday . . . Lester has constructed her novel like an elegant piece of origami, every element deftly arranged into something as close to perfection as I can imagine - National

A slow unfurling of what it means to love and fiercely protect another person's child, set against the intricate backdrop of Japan - Emerald Street

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“Bronte-esque Magic in Tokyo, An Exquisite Novel”

A courageous book that both delights and challenges. Yuki combines a hypnotic Asian setting, meticulous cultural detail, engaging story, and a theme that is not dealt with enough in fiction: the protection of children.

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“Exquisite novel with Bronte-esque magic”

Yuki combines a hypnotic Asian setting, meticulous cultural detail, engaging story, and a theme that is not dealt with enough in fiction: childhood sexual abuse and adults’ choices to either expose the abuse and save... More

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“Nuanced and layered”

Having enjoyed Alison Jean Lester’s debut, Lillian on Life, I was eager to see where the author would take her readers in this, her second novel. Lillian was a woman of a certain age looking back over decades lived.... More

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