I am extremely honored and pleased to be able to write the first review for Ayumi's Violin. Mariko Tatsumoto is one of the great writers to be discovered. Compare her work to Jamie Ford's. If you loved the cross cultural exploration in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, you'll also love the themes, emotional content, fish-out-of-water gut-wrench, and masterfully quick read of Tatsumoto's Young Adult story. Authenticity is woven right into the story, for Mariko Tatsumoto was born in Japan, emigrated to the U.S., and likely shared many of Ayumi’s challenges.
It is crossover like many tales of burgeoning maturity and female rites of passage. If you like Lisa See (especially Snow Flower and the Secret Fan), you’ll find another satisfying coming of age story in Ayumi’s. Add to the comparisons, a similarly strong, yet flawed, young woman finding her way in Joan Prebilich’s After the Harvest and Rising Fortunes. This is for adults and young adults alike. Tatsumoto has captured triumph over loneliness and the strength of embracing differences. Bravo! I know there will be many books yet to come!
(reviewed the day of purchase)