Last week I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I recently picked up Fumiyo Kouno's manga Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms and found it the most powerful thing I've read in a while. It's a quiet, beautifully told story about how the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima affects several generations of the same family. The way the effects echo on and on, not only among the survivors but also among those born decades later; the way it's not always clear who is a survivor or what that even means; the gentle storytelling that does nothing to hide what a harsh story this is--all of these got down under my skin and stayed there.Visit Janni Lee Simner's website and blog/journal.
After I finished reading I wanted ... to go off and just be quiet and thoughtful for a while.