He captured the desperation of the main character Chiyo Sakamoto and her plight to follow her destiny. Many times in the book it felt as if she was walking upstream and tripping over rocks, and pushed by the current. Toward the end of the book, she makes yet another huge, life-altering mistake and I cringed knowing there were not many pages left. That is when I know an author has me. When I cringe at an outcome that might be handed down, or mourn the loss of a character.
Not disappointed at all by this book. Four cups of tea. Off to China . . . I have several books to pick from.