The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama, is the March Book Club selection. Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story.
Stephen, a 20-year-old Chinese painter, is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu’s secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world.
Register at Hawkins Library, check out a book, finish the book by the meeting date, and join this group on Monday, March 28, at 1 PM for the discussion. Stop at the library to sign up, or call 319-342-3025.