Pull Me Under: A Novel by Kelly Luce

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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.

Title : Pull Me Under: A Novel
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ISBN : 0374238588
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Kelly rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2016

I'm biased.

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★☆☆

November 08, 2016

3.5 The opening page is shocking, immediately drew me into the story. Wanted to see what happened, and why. So we follow the story of a young girl, Chizuri, father Japanese, considered a national treasure and mother Irish, who had just recently committed suicide. A young woman who never felt as i...

Simon rated it ★★★★☆

July 16, 2017

Rio Silvestri is a wife, mother and nurse. She lives in America and has what she thinks, and more importantly others think, is a typical life. However when her father dies Rio must return to Japan and the country where she was infamous as Chizuru, a girl who murdered another student. Great premis...

Liz rated it ★★★☆☆

December 19, 2016

This is a worthwhile and thought-provoking read but it is not an overly moving one. After much consideration I’m giving Pull Me Under three stars and still having trouble writing anything that doesn’t turn into a plot summary, which is not what I want to convey. I can appreciate the clever struct...

Britany rated it ★★★☆☆

November 07, 2017

3.5 I'm having trouble forming words to describe my reading experience of this book. Chizuru Akitani is bullied as a child and takes matters into her own hands by stabbing him. She goes to a juvenile detention center and then eventually leaves for Colorado where she re-starts her life. In Japan, he...

Terri rated it ★★★★☆

December 10, 2016

In the opening scene of Pull Me Under, Chizuru Akitani stabs a classmate in the neck and kills him. She is institutionalized for 8 years and on release she moves to America (her mother's homeland) to attend college and forge a new life. She changes her name to "Rio" and eventually marries Sal Syl...

Julianne (Outlandish Lit) rated it ★★★☆☆

December 07, 2016

[Actually 3.5] If you've been to Japan, you will enjoy reading this book. If you want to feel like you've been to Japan, you will also enjoy reading this book. At the beginning, you're immediately drawn in. Half Japanese, half American girl Chizuru kills her school bully - SO JAPANESE. We see her...

Anna rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2017

Ahhh I want to give this 5 stars so bad, but I just can't. I just don't feel like the main character went through the appropriate amount of character development to satisfy me. BUT - that's my only complaint. The plot was engaging and a tad disturbing, the rest of the characters are lively and un...

Sara rated it ★★★☆☆

December 29, 2016

Mostly I thought this book was beautifully written while also being a page-turner, which is usually a difficult balance. I have no doubt that Kelly Luce is an amazing writer. I particularly loved the plot structure and her handling of themes pertaining to identity. I have a few issues with it, tho...

Vincent rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2016

It's Kelly Luce, whattya expect?

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