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Book Discussion Group

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Resource Center - Grace Church, 2400 Pump Rd, Richmond, VA US 23233

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Book Discussion Group

Adults and teens are invited to a book discussion group on Sunday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing the book The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. Light refreshments will be served. There's plenty of time to read before we meet, so grab a book and begin!

The Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s is a somber backdrop for this unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.