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ISBN 10: 1414027869 / ISBN 13: 9781414027869
Published by Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A., 2004
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Title: Shizuka

Publisher: Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Signed: Signed & Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition

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Shizukatells of four generations of Japanese and Japanese-Americans and their lives inthe great Central Valley of California.A chance meeting between Martin, a middle-aged Caucasian, and Pat, ayoung Japanese-American woman who knows little about the life of her pioneerancestors, leads by mutual impulse into the wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas to a greatly revered but little-known, century-oldgathering place for early Japanese settlers, Pat's ancestors. This is Shizuka.Austere and imposing, Shizuka ("aplace of tranquility") comes to life with the discovery of diaries, written inJapanese and dating from the 1890s. Theydescribe a tight knit, dynamic family with close ties to early Yankee andMexican settlers, yet the cryptic entries can do no more than whet theimagination. It is only the unfolding story ofKazuo Kono, the family's patriarch, that tells the true tale of Shizuka and ofthose who built it against great odds and were able, from time to time, to findtranquility there. Kazuo's origins inMeiji Restoration Japan, his immigration eastward to America,his establishing a family with Motome, his brilliant and passionate wife, andhis agriculturally important contributions to his adopted country give warmthand texture to a virtually forgotten era and its obscure heroes.

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Martin Wood is a nativeCalifornian, raised on a citrus ranch in the San Gabriel Valley inthe 1930s and '40s.He earned his way through UCLA inthe 1950s workingas amunicipal police officer and, on graduating, entered the then-newfield of electronics from which he retired in 1982. He has traveled widely, havingbeen in forty-four countries on fourcontinents.He and his wife of more thanforty years live in the Los Angelessuburbof Encino; they have four grown children and five grandsons.He has published a number oftrade-specific articles and training texts. Business interestsdictate that he write under the family names of"Martin Wood."Shizukais his first novel.

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