Letters from the Living

By Kazumi Yumoto

Format: Paperback

An exquisite story about a girl in Japan who starts writing letters to her dead father.

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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Chiaki lives in Japan. Her father has died and she has to deal with her grief alone, as her mother is too distracted to help her. Old Mrs Yanagi is the landlady at Poplar House where Chiaki goes to live, and their relationship develops through the book. Mrs Yanagi tells her that she has been given a divine mission to carry letters to the dead when she herself dies, so Chiaki starts writing letters to her father. Through the story, we learn about daily life in a Japanese household.

As Chiaki grows up, she has to come to terms with how her father really died, and work through her confusion about who she is to make a decision about her future.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 7 Apr 2003
ISBN 9780863153853

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