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A Hauntingly Poetic and Mesmerizing Coming-of-Age Story


Karen Hill Anton’s debut novel, A Thousand Graces, unfurls a mesmerizingly haunting and evocative tale of coming-of-age that resonates with raw power and poignant beauty. Anton’s poetic prose brings to life a story that lingers in the heart and mind, capturing the essence of a profound journey of self-discovery and growth.


The story opens with a slow and lyrical tone, reminiscent of a Japanese tea ceremony. Anton’s writing style is gentle and deliberate, drawing the reader into the world of the story with carefully crafted details and descriptions. From the very first page, the book sets a peaceful and contemplative mood, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the story’s atmosphere and characters. While some readers may find the pacing slow at first, the deliberate pace allows for a deep exploration of the book’s themes and characters, making for a rich and rewarding reading experience.


This is a most impressive debut novel from Anton who has already made a name for herself in Japan for her years documenting life as a foreigner living in Japan for several newspapers and her award-winning memoir, The View From Breast Mountain: A Memoir. With A Thousand Graces, Anton has clearly outdone herself. I highly recommend this book.

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