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The Spring Tone

by Kazumi Yumoto

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Cats! Millions of cats! Tomomi and her younger brother Tetsu spend their spring vacation feeding stray cats with a woman who regularly does so. their parents are heading towards a break-up over what to do about a neighbor's unwillingness to keep an agreement over where their fence line is. this has become important because the family is ready to re-build their run-down, ancient home. Tonomi's father is coming home less and has even taken another apartment.

Tonomi follows her yonger brother around suring this spring break, not seeming to have any friends of her own to be with. This story is confusing and slow moving. It is hard to understand what is going on and what this pre-adolescent is learning. ( )
  FranCaroll | Oct 28, 2007 |
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In response to her little brother Tetsu's question, "What's the scariest thing in the world?" Tomomi replies, "Monsters." Tomomi is afraid she is becoming a monster; she dreams it every night. It started after Tomomi, seeing how much her grandma was suffering, thought to herself that Grandma would be better off dead. Now Tomomi's body is changing before her eyes -- into a woman, or into a monster? Tomomi would prefer to stop growing and turn away from unpleasant things, but her parents are engaged in a battle with their next-door neighbor and the dispute has overflowed into Tomomi's home, driving a wedge between her parents. Sustained by Tetsu's determination, Grandpa's wisdom, memories of Grandma's love, and her own philosophical leanings, Tomomi finally understands that the scariest thing in the world is hate, and faces the fact that, like it or not, she is becoming an adult, with responsibilities and choices. Kazumi Yumoto has created an exquisite portrait of a sensitive young woman struggling against her journey to adulthood even as she takes the first steps toward it.

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Plagued by headaches and nightmares, Tomomi tries to make sense of her grandmother's death, her little brother's obsession with saving sick and abandoned cats, and her fear that she is becoming a monster.

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