Press kit for Plum Wine

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Plum Wine
A Novel
Angela Davis-Gardner
Library of American Fiction/Terrace Books
Publication date: February 2006
LC: 2005021514 PS
320 pp.  6 x 9
ISBN 0-299-21160-6 Cloth $26.95

"Davis-Gardner's exceptionally sensitive and enveloping novel illuminates with quiet intensity, psychological suspense, and narrative grace the obdurate divide between cultures, the collision between love and war, and, most piercingly, the horrific legacy of Hiroshima. But Davis-Gardner's ravishing tale also celebrates the solace of stories, and the transcendent bonds people form under the cruelest of circumstances." –Booklist, February 2006

"[An] enthralling novel . . . Davis-Gardner handles the Japanese mores of the time expertly, and the dialogue spoken by non-native English speakers is pitch perfect. She quietly wows with this third novel, which features a wonderfully inventive plot and a protagonist as self-possessed as she is sensitive."–Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A gentle novel of tragedies and the human connections they foster."
Historical Novels Review


"A mystery that unfolds as beautifully, delicately, and ceremoniously as a lotus blossom. One of the most memorable novels I have read in many years."–Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls

"A complex and lyrical story about love and betrayal, war and responsibility, humane and generous acts in an inhumane world, the contrast between the East and the West, and one woman coming to terms with the American role in destroying innocent lives after World War II and during the Vietnam War."
–Susan Richards Shreve, author of Daughters of the New World

"What makes this book powerful is its commentary about the long-term effects of war, the inability of human beings to ever get over the past or to really understand each others' cultures, and the devastating consequences of American foreign policy."–Rebecca Brown, author of Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary

"Plum Wine is in equal parts mystery and romance, an enchantment cast with wise and graceful passion."–Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Author's Bio:

Angela Davis-Gardner is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Felice and Forms of Shelter. Her short stories and personal essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines including Shenandoah and The Greensboro Review. She is professor of creative writing at North Carolina State University.

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Cover image:
the cover of Plum Wine is an illustration that has a the feel of an old Japanese woodblock print.

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Author Photo

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