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Pull Me Under: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Kelly Luce (Tekijä)

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"A searing debut novel from one of the most imaginative minds in fiction Kelly Luce's Pull Me Under tells the story of Rio Silvestri, who, when she was twelve years old, fatally stabbed a school bully. Rio, born Chizuru Akitani, is the Japanese American daughter of the revered violinist Hiro Akitani--a Living National Treasure in Japan and a man Rio hasn't spoken to since she left her home country for the United States (and a new identity) after her violent crime. Her father's death, along with a mysterious package that arrives on her doorstep in Boulder, Colorado, spurs her to return to Japan for the first time in twenty years. There she is forced to confront her past in ways she never imagined, pushing herself, her relationships with her husband and daughter, and her own sense of who she is to the brink. The novel's illuminating and palpably atmospheric descriptions of Japan and its culture, as well its elegantly dynamic structure, call to mind both Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being and David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. Pull Me Under is gripping, psychologically complex fiction--at the heart of which is an affecting exploration of home, self-acceptance, and the limits of forgiveness. "--"The debut novel from the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:StefanieBrookTrout
Teoksen nimi:Pull Me Under: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Kelly Luce (Tekijä)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2016), 272 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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This was a haunting, beautifully written novel. It drew me in instantly with its premise and kept me completely engaged with its execution. It felt a little disconnected between a few of the recollections and the present narrative, and I didn't love Luce's treatment of Rio's daughter, but overall it was a really fantastic book. ( )
  bookishtexpat | May 21, 2020 |
Kelly Luce’s Pull Me Under skillfully navigates the choppy waters between the concepts of fate and free will. Rio Silvestri’s entire life stems from a violent crime she committed when she was a troubled 12-year old in Japan. Born Chizuru Akitani, the daughter of an American mother and a Japanese father, her status as a “hafu,” a pejorative term for half-breed, plagued her childhood. When her father, a world-renowned violinist, dies, Rio must travel from her new home in the US, to her childhood home in Japan to confront her past.

The novel begins in media res, describing Chizuru’s crime in gritty detail. Beginning with the crime both hurts and helps the narrative. The marketing for Pull Me Under focuses primarily on the suspenseful aspects of the plot, but the novel is far more literary in its intentions, emphasizing heavy themes such as identity, forgiveness, and self-enlightenment. The abrupt start helps reel the reader in, but Rio reflects far more than she acts, which eventually prompts a slow, thoughtful pace. Rio’s story can be difficult to engage in, although I found that the longer I read, the more the atmosphere pulled me in.

Luce composes Rio’s life in what can only be described as three separate genres. Her childhood and adolescence possess elements of the macabre; the horror is quite palpable. Her arrival in the United States channels the bildungsroman, or the coming of age story. And last but not least, her return to Japan is a journey of self-discovery. While unique, the format occasionally disorients. No buffer is provided between sections, so the tone changes abruptly. Likewise, some sections are too short, so the reader never has time to adjust.

Rio/Chizuru dominates the majority of the novel, so much so that when other characters are introduced, they pale in comparison. I would have liked to learn more about Rio’s parents, particularly her mother, as she seems to have had a significant impact on her upbringing. Rio’s husband and daughter have very one-sided personalities, and I never cared much for them when they shared the narrative. The distinctions placed between Rio’s emotionally distant father and her physically distant husband, are noteworthy, but are only touched upon briefly.

Kelly Luce’s Pull Me Under delivers a thorough glimpse into the mind of a woman haunted by her troubled past. While Rio’s dark and depressing childhood fascinates, too often I found myself distracted by her adult ponderings, lacking in energy and bursting with flowery language. Don’t be fooled by marketing; this is not a summer thriller to enjoy at the beach. Do be prepared for a more philosophical read, one that will teach you to leave your judgments behind and think deeply about controversial topics. ( )
  Codonnelly | Jun 24, 2019 |
Absolutely mesmerizing novel, with a unique and disturbing storyline. Rio's struggle with the "black organ" that dwells in her and causes her to stab a fellow student when in elementary school is especially haunting.

Hopefully this isn't a spoiler, but at one point, our protagonist accompanies an old friend on the Shikoku eighty-eight temple pilgrimage. I had never heard of this, and reading about a fictionalized pilgrimage inspired me to do further research, and now the pilgrimage is high on my bucket list.

I would love to give this novel five stars, but everything wrapped up a bit too nicely for my liking. Overall, I loved this book, and would recommend it wholeheartedly. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce


In her first novel, Kelly Luce (Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail) again delves into Japanese culture, the ways it mirrors and contrasts with that of America. Leveraging precise prose, a taste for darkness, and a trippy, slightly elliptical voice, Luce gives us the story of Rio Silvestri, the hafu (half-Japanese) daughter of a famed violinist, now estranged from her father and living in her mother’s native America.

A creature of the ‘burbs, Rio has a husband, a child, and a lurking past. In the wake of her mother’s suicide years earlier, Rio lashed out, killing another child. The impulses that drove her to this she attributes to a para-sentient blackness inside, a force she lives in fear of ever seeing again. Having spent her teen years in a Japanese asylum as a result of the murder, Rio has ample reason to fear what she’s capable of. Nonetheless, when her famous father dies (and leaves behind a missive she finds herself unable to read), Rio’s only choice seems to be a return to Japan.

Pull Me Under tells the story of Rio’s childhood and her relationship with her father, setting this against the backdrop of a seemingly chance encounter and the sidetrip it spawns. The people she meets on this trip and the very different translations they offer of her father’s letter will alter her understanding of her childhood and her relationship with the family she has waiting for her in America. The looming question for Rio is whether the darkness that pushed her to murder once will reemerge only to pull her under yet again.

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  kurtbaumeister | Oct 25, 2017 |
I ended up abandoning this book after the second chapter. The plot did not sit well with me and the character development was off. ( )
  knivae | May 27, 2017 |
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"A searing debut novel from one of the most imaginative minds in fiction Kelly Luce's Pull Me Under tells the story of Rio Silvestri, who, when she was twelve years old, fatally stabbed a school bully. Rio, born Chizuru Akitani, is the Japanese American daughter of the revered violinist Hiro Akitani--a Living National Treasure in Japan and a man Rio hasn't spoken to since she left her home country for the United States (and a new identity) after her violent crime. Her father's death, along with a mysterious package that arrives on her doorstep in Boulder, Colorado, spurs her to return to Japan for the first time in twenty years. There she is forced to confront her past in ways she never imagined, pushing herself, her relationships with her husband and daughter, and her own sense of who she is to the brink. The novel's illuminating and palpably atmospheric descriptions of Japan and its culture, as well its elegantly dynamic structure, call to mind both Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being and David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. Pull Me Under is gripping, psychologically complex fiction--at the heart of which is an affecting exploration of home, self-acceptance, and the limits of forgiveness. "--"The debut novel from the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail"--

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