Odori

By Darcy Tamayose
Cormorant Books, 2007

Odori is a novel that navigates through the glorious Ryukyuan Kingdom and the Golden Era of the Sho Dynasty, through bloody World War II Okinawa, and over parched prairies of Southern Alberta’s Rainmaker Hills, “all the while exposing human sorrows, indignities, idiosyncrasies, failed faiths, splintered spirits, and an island culture so resilient, so embedded it becomes mythical.” It tells of Mai’s journey into the world of an old kataribe storyteller, the ghost of her great-grandmother, where she hears of Tree Gods, Sky Gods and human lumps of clay, where her mother’s poignant war letters tell of sights and sounds that singe a child’s soul. In this dream world she has fallen into, Mai allows her basan’s tumble of words to fall gently on her ear as she creates painting after painting, sketch after sketch. (Publisher’s description)

Darcy Tamayose has been a writer for Lethbridge Living Magazine for the past ten years. She has attended the Alberta College of Art and the University of Lethbridge, as well as the Humber School for Writers. She lives in Lethbridge with her husband and daughter.

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