The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Elisabeth Bumiller is the author of three books of nonfiction and is a White House
correspondent for "The New York Times."

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679772620
ISBN-10: 0679772626
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: October 29th, 1996
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Vintage