"Tsukiyama has long been known for her emotional and detailed stories. This time, she has gone even deeper to explore what happens to ordinary people during frightening and tragic times."
"A fascinating, intricate portrait of Japanese customs and rituals that [move] the senses."
"Tsukiyama has the soul of a storyteller."
—The Denver Post
"[Tsukiyama’s] Zen-like telling of the brothers’ dramatic stories infuses this poignant tale with the essence of Japan."