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Author, Rachel Manley shares her thoughts on 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 24, 2018

We are still months away from the publication of Janet Pocorobba's The Fourth String, but we've received wonderful words about the book from the literary world. Rachel Manley, author of Drumblair trilogy and recepient of Canada's Governor General's Award for Literature has weighed in! 

"This exquisitely written memoir has found the hands to tell its story note by note as surely as the ancient Japanese shamisen “in need of hands to play.” Guided by her own inner music and the unforgettable character Sensei, her maverick teacher, Janet Pocorobba takes us on a spiritual quest in a new country and culture, the world of kabuki and music, the tastes and sights and sounds of Tokyo, the soul of a place whose past secures hope and whose present yearns for modernity. Searching for her own illusive reality, the author learns to “live with both hands” finding answers in her own “ma” of space."

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