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The Turtle House : a novel / Amanda Churchill.

Churchill, Amanda, (author.).


It's spring 1999, and 25-year-old Lia Cope and her prickly 73-year-old grandmother, Mineko, are sharing a bedroom in Curtain, Texas, the ranching town where Lia grew up and Mineko began her life as a Japanese war bride. Both women are at a turning point: Mineko, long widowed, moved in with her son and daughter-in-law after a suspicious fire destroyed the Cope family ranch house, while Lia, an architect with a promising career in Austin, has unexpectedly returned under circumstances she refuses to explain. Though Lia never felt especially close to her grandmother, the two grow close sharing late-night conversations. Mineko tells stories of her early life in Japan, of the war that changed everything, and of her two great loves: a man named Akio Sato and an abandoned Japanese country estate they called the Turtle House, where their relationship took root. As Mineko reveals more of her early life -- tales of innocent swimming lessons that blossom into something more, a friendship nurtured across oceans, totems saved and hidden, the heartbreak of love lost too soon -- Lia comes to understand the depth of her grandmother's pain and sacrifice and sees her Texas family in a new light. She also recognizes that it's she who needs to come clean -- about the budding career she abandoned and the mysterious man who keeps calling. When Mineko's adult children decide, against her wishes, to move her into an assisted living community, she and Lia devise a plan to bring a beloved lost place to life, one that they hope will offer the safety and sense of belonging they both need, no matter the cost. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063290518
  • ISBN: 0063290510
  • Physical Description: 296 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2024]
Subject: Women architects > Fiction.
Grandparent and child > Fiction.
Japanese American women > Fiction.
War brides > Fiction.
Widows > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Congregate housing > Fiction.
Texas > Fiction.
Japan > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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  • 15 of 23 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 1 current hold with 23 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library FICTION CHURCHILL 2024 (Text) 0001012539433 Fiction New Checked out 05/03/2024

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