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Oct 29, 1996
| ISBN 9780679772620
Sep 29, 2010
| ISBN 9780307765888
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Oct 29, 1996 | ISBN 9780679772620
Sep 29, 2010 | ISBN 9780307765888
As it follows a Japanese housewife named Mariko Tanaka over the course of a year, The Secrets of Mariko transcends reportage to yield the kind of human insights we expect from literature. Meet Mariko, a cheerful, overscheduled woman who cares for three children, two aging parents, and an unresponsive husband. As readers watch Mariko take part in PTA meetings, bicker with her teenagers, and pursue independence through her part-time job, they come to see Mariko as someone whose dreams and disappointments mirror our own.
With Bumiller’s intimate, beautifully written portrait of a middle-class Tokyo housewife, readers finally penetrate the mysteries of the Japanese people to see how they differ from us, and how they are alike.
Elisabeth Bumiller, a Washington reporter for The New York Times, was a Times White House correspondent from September 10, 2001, to 2006. She is the author of May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India… More about Elisabeth Bumiller
“A rich, sustained look at real life in middle-class Tokyo….full of cultural insight…. Her discussions of [Japanese society] are clear, well-reported and skillfully interwoven with the portrait of Mariko”–Kyoko Mori, The New York Times Book Review
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