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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Toyo : A Memoir
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'Toyo learned to ask nothing, to wait and count the days. But they passed and passed and still the doorway remained empty of his deep voice, calling out her name.

'Blending the intimacy of memoir with an artist's vision, Toyo is the story of a remarkable woman, a vivid picture of Japan before and after war, and an unpredictable tale of courage and change in today's Australia.

'Born into the traditional world of pre-war Osaka, Toyo must always protect the secret of her parents' true relationship. Her father lives in China with his wife; her unmarried mother runs a café. Toyo and her mother are beautiful and polite, keeping themselves in society's good graces.

'Then comes the rain of American bombs. Toyo's life is uprooted again and again. With each sharp change and painful loss, she becomes more herself and more aware of where she has come from. She finds family and belief, but still clings to her parents' secret.

'In Toyo, Lily Chan has pieced together the unconventional shape of her grandmother's story. Vibrant and ultimately heart-rending, Toyo is the chronicle of an extraordinary life, infused with a granddaughter's love.' (Publisher's blurb)

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    • Collingwood, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2012 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Black Ink Press
      Extent: 261p.
      Description: geneal. table
      ISBN: 9781863955737 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Recording and Remaking the Story of Mother Emily Yu Zong , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Womens Book Review , vol. 25 no. 1 2013; (p. 23-25)

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Paul Giffard-Foret Reviews Toyo by Lily Chan Paul Giffard-Foret , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , December no. 14 2013;

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Kibble Award for Author After Memoir Takes on a Life of Its Own Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 July 2013; (p. 17)
Rare Asian Family Study Alison Broinowski , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 December 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Homing In on an Extraordinary Life Delia Falconer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Books : Memoir Dianne Dempsey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 8 September 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Non Fiction Julie Thomson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 - 7 October 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Homing In on an Extraordinary Life Delia Falconer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Rare Asian Family Study Alison Broinowski , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 December 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Paul Giffard-Foret Reviews Toyo by Lily Chan Paul Giffard-Foret , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , December no. 14 2013;

— Review of Toyo : A Memoir Lily Chan , 2012 single work biography
Kibble Award for Author After Memoir Takes on a Life of Its Own Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 July 2013; (p. 17)
Last amended 15 Nov 2021 11:41:01
Subjects:
  • Osaka, Honshu,
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    Japan,
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    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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