Once an ascetic rite of passage, the Shikoku Pilgrimage of 88 Temples has become a more generalized ritual of penance for troubled souls. Seven juvenile offenders on leave from various reform schools are walking the 1,300-kilometer pilgrimage with a counselor and some assigned wardens from the state. When they finish the journey, they will be released. Will they rejoin society or leave it behind? More
Shortlist, 2014 International Rubery Book Award Finalist, 2013 Reader's Favorite Award Runner-Up, 2013 Southern California Book Festival Notable Book, 2013 Shelf Unbound Competition
"A clever, elegantly told story about Japanese young offenders who are taken on a pilgrimage of Shikoku. The style is simple, but potent and poses many questions about philosophy and Japanese society. It is entered as a book for Young Adults, but the judges felt it would be more suitably be categorised as an adult novel. There is much to admire here."
- Rubery Book Award capsule
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on Feb. 3, 2014 :
I cant express how much I enjoyed this novel. I'm one of those people who're into Japan and exploring Buddhism and it's pilgrimages and reading great writing. This satisfies all of these appetites. It has alot of wisdom that is put across very simply and easily; the author does a great job of making one really feel for the offenders, the bullying they suffered and the tragic reasons that brought them to the reform school. Definitely a book I'll remember for a long time and look forward to rereading regularly.