Oei is the daughter of the great Japanese printmaker Hokusai. Long consigned to a minor role as gloomy sidekick, she is barely a footnote in the historical record. In The Ghost Brush, Oei recounts her life with one of the great eccentrics of the 19th century. Dodging the Shogun’s spies, she and Hokusai live amongst actors, novelists, tattoo artists and prostitutes, making the exquisite pictures that define their time. Wielding her brush, Oei defies all expectations of womanhood but one—she is dutiful until death to the exasperating father who created her and, ultimately, steals her future.
Vera Lowinger Drew is the last of a pearling dynasty. When she is left motherless, her only refuge is in Japan with her grandfather’s young mistress, among the legendary ama women divers. With their age-old strength to guide her, Vera comes into her own—until World War II turns her friends into “the enemy.” Three Views of Crystal Water crosses generations and continents with a story of love, war and the quest for the lustrous, elusive pearl.
"Everyone lives on Brunswick Avenue sooner or later." So begins Fables of Brunswick Avenue, a collection of sixteen short stories that capture turning points in the lives of characters who have migrated to the city, and ended up—as everyone inevitably does—on Brunswick Avenue.
About the author
KATHERINE GOVIER’s most recent novel, The Ghost Brush, is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker Hokusai. It was published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and in translation in Romania, Spain, Quebec and Japan. Katherine’s novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She won Canada's Marian Engel Award for a woman writer (1997) and the Toronto Book Award (1992). She has twice been shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium prize. The author of twelve books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing programs, Writers in Electronic Residence and The Shoe Project, which works to improve the written and spoken English of immigrant women. Katherine travels between Toronto and Canmore, Alberta, in the Rocky Mountains.
Other titles by Katherine Govier
Building on a Literary Identity
The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel
Half for You and Half for Me
Best-loved Nursery Rhymes and the Stories Behind Them
Hearts of Flame
The Printmaker's Daughter
The Ghost Brush
Three Views Of Crystal Water
Fables Of Brunswick Avenue