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Frances Itani is the author of two other novels: the bestselling Deafening, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean Region) and the Drummer General's Award, and shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Remembering the Bones, shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She has also written two collections of short fiction: Leaning, Leaning Over Water and Poached Egg on Toast.

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"Remarkable . . . Understated . . . Requiem delicately probes the complex adjustments we make to live with our sorrows. . . . In this perfectly modulated novel, we see the emotional cost of suppression."--The Washington Post

"Itani writes with a delicate grasp of both the obvious and the unspoken, using ordinary words charged with extraordinary meaning to produce a serious book that nevertheless invites you to keep reading past midnight."--BookPage

"In Requiem, Frances Itani is at the height of her powers. . . . The Japanese-Canadian story has never been told with such passion, insight and telling detail. . . . Itani has told this story in amazing, cinematic detail. . . . [Requiem] is surely Itani's greatest novel, although calling Requiem a novel does not do it justice. Requiem is a great work of literature from a determined author at the peak of her powers. It is also a sobering history lesson for all those Canadians who belittle other countries for their racism but are too smug and too blind to examine their own nation's transgressions."--The Ottawa Citizen

"With Requiem, Itani has written an important and moving novel . . . told with painful and quiet eloquence."--Washington Independent Book Review

"Itani is an accomplished stylist; her prose is lyrical yet clear, her pace unhurried. . . . Itani's empathy and understanding of human nature enliven her characters. . . . In this finely written, reflective novel, Bin's physical journey and mindful recollections lead him to a place where he can choose to either hold onto his anger or make peace with his ghosts."--The Globe and Mail

"An undeniably respectful and moving homage to a shameful factual episode."--Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully rendered . . . Both tribute and a wail of grief . . . Lyrical and undulating, Requiem rages too."--Telegraph-Journal

"An evocative and cinematic tale . . . Poignantly, the story's determined brush strokes speak of quiet perseverance, underscoring the sense of loss, of talent suspended. . . . With a precise, elegant style Itani avoids the maudlin, and delivers a taut novel."--Maclean's

"A beautiful, slow, meandering read that explores the past of Japanese Canadians in a particularly resonant way."--The Globe and Mail (Favorite Book of the Year)

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