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The Mask Carver's Son (Compact Disc)

Alyson Richman

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Title: The Mask Carver's Son (Compact Disc)

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1890. Yamamoto Kiyoki is a Japanese art student, dreaming of studying in Paris with the inspiring and vibrant Impressionist painters.

Yamamoto Ryusei is Kiyoki's father. Ryusei's art, carving intricate masks for traditional Japanese theater, has been his refuge from loneliness since the death of his beloved wife, and he is revered as the most inspired artist of his kind. He expects his only son to honor the traditions of his family and his country, not to be seduced by Western ideas of what is beautiful. Ryusei hopes Kiyoki will follow his own distinguished career, creating masks that will become the family's crowning achievement.

But what is a father to do when his son's path is not what he had planned? And how can a son honor his father, and yet fulfill his own destiny?

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"The Mask Carver's Son is a tender novel about different kinds of human masks: the mask of the son, the artist, the foreigner. Alyson Richman deftly explores the various forms of exile, both cultural and familial, in the life of a turn-of-the-century Japanese painter, a sensitive soul whose true country is the country of longing. An engaging, evocative, and heartfelt debut."--Jonathan Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road

"The Mask Carver's Son is an amazing novel. With remarkable grace and authority, Alyson Richman transports us to 19th century Japan and fin de siecle Paris. From these diametrical worlds unfolds a timeless story: the beautifully rendered conflicts between father and son, between artists and their art. A very impressive debut.'--Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of Pure Poetry

"Like a Japanese tea ceremony, The Mask Carver's Son unfolds with elegance and subtlety in a series of exquisite gestures. Find a quiet room, sit comfortably, breathe, open the book, and let this wonderful novel surprise you." --Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson and Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear.

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