Inheritance from Mother

Inheritance from Mother


Author: Minae Mizumura | Translator: Juliet Winters Carpenter | Paperback

Now in paperback, this Osaragi Jiro Award-winning novel demystifies the notion of the selfless Japanese mother and the adult daughter honor-bound to care for her.

Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-fifties, is a French-language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at another private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman.

In addition to her husband's infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing eighty-something mother, a demanding, self-absorbed woman who is far from the image of the patient, self-sacrificing Japanese matriarch. Mitsuki finds herself guiltily dreaming of the day when her mother will finally pass on. While doing everything she can to ensure her mother's happiness, she grows weary of the responsibilities of being a doting daughter and worries she is sacrificing her chance to find fulfillment in her middle age.

Inheritance from Mother not only offers insight into a complex and paradoxical culture, but is also a profound work about mothers and daughters, marriage, old age, and the resilience of women.

"A novel of female endurance and obligation...A long, minute, subtle consideration of aging, loyalty, and the bonds of love grounded in the material details of Japanese culture but resonating far beyond." --Kirkus Reviews

"A must-read novel about the tangled bonds of motherhood...gorgeous and intimate." --Washington Post

"Mizumura craftily mixes the old with the new, creating a highly readable throwback to popular dime novels that replaces gilt with guilt and romance with real talk." --Wall Street Journal

"There is admirable ambition in the way Mitsuki's story expands into a much larger portrait of middle-class anomie in a Japan still reckoning with its past and the paradoxes--and fraught compromises--of its identity." --New York Times Book Review

Publisher: Other Press (NY) | Pub Date: April 09, 2019 | Format: Paperback | Pages: 464 | Dimensions: 1.0" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W | 0.95 lbs