The Printmaker's Daughter

The Printmaker's Daughter

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A lost voice of old Japan reclaims her rightful place inhistory in this breathtaking work of imagination and scholarship from award-winning and internationally acclaimedauthor Katherine Govier. In the evocative taleof 19th century Tokyo, The Printmaker'sDaughter delivers an enthrallingtale of one of the world's great unknown artists: Oei, the mysterious daughter of master printmaker Hokusai, painter of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. In a novel that willresonate with readers of Tracy Chevalier's Girlwith a Pearl Earring, Lisa See's SnowFlower and the Secret Fan, and David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, the sights and sensations of an exotic, bygone era form the richly captivatingbackdrop for an intimate, finely wrought story of daughterhood and duty, artand authorship, the immortality of creation and the anonymity of history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 501 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 33.02mm | 385.55g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062000365
  • 9780062000361
  • 266,619

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"If you read one novel this year by a writer you may be unfamiliar with, read THE PRINTMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Katherine Govier; even if you are familiar with Ms. Govier's novels, this one is unmatched literary fiction."--New York Journal of Books
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Recounting the story of her life, Oei plunges us into the colorful world of nineteenth-century Edo, in which courtesans rub shoulders with poets, warriors consort with actors, and the arts flourish in an unprecedented moment of creative upheaval. Oei and Hokusai live among writers, novelists, tattoo artists, and prostitutes, evading the spies of the repressive shogunate as they work on Hokusai's countless paintings and prints. Wielding her brush, rejecting domesticity in favor of dedication to the arts, Oei defies all expectations of womanhood--all but one. A dutiful daughter to the last, she will obey the will of her eccentric father, the man who created her and who, ultimately, will rob her of her place in history.

Vivid, daring, and unforgettable, The Printmaker's Daughter shines fresh light on art, loyalty, and the tender and indelible bond between a father and daughter.
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625 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (216)
3 28% (176)
2 10% (62)
1 5% (34)

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This is a beautiful piece of writing that really captured my attention right from the opening pages. Oei is a larger than life character, full of spirit and vitality and I was drawn into her story as soon as she appeared. The world we see through her eyes is vividly described with a wonderful attention to detail that helps bring the characters, time and places to life. It is clear that this story and the period have been well-researched and yet the history never overtakes the story; rather it adds depth to it and supports it. I did enjoy reading the afterword, which put the story into perspective and gave the reader insight into how much of the story was based in fact and how much was fiction. The pacing of this book is superb and there is never a dull moment, the prose is simple and beautiful and very atmospheric at times and the characters are engaging and memorable. In fact, I don't have one bad word to say about this piece. I am sure it will be a big hit with fans of both literary fiction and historical fiction. It may also be of interest to those who are keen on Japanese art. This is a book that I could definitely reread and still take something new from it each time. I received this book as a free e-book ARC from more
by Nicola Markus
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