When he’s in California, he longs for Japan. But when he’s in Japan, he longs for California. As a young man, he marries and has a daughter in California. But he longs to see Japan again, and he moves his family back to Japan. There, as an old man he sees his daughter get married and tells his grandson stories of California.
Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather's life in America and Japan, Allen Say delivers a poignant account of his family's unique cross-cultural experience. He warmly conveys his own love for his two countries and describes the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once: When in one country, he invariably misses the other. His grandfather, he tells us, would understand.
Illustrated with exquisite paintings, intimate and memorable, Grandfather's Journey is Allen Say's most personal and remarkable picture yet of the bridging of two cultures.
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