The Ghost Brush

Paperback | July 26, 2011

byKatherine Govier

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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.

Here, 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. Disguised, they escape the city gates to view waves and Mount Fuji. But they return to enchanting, dangerous Edo (Tokyo), the largest city in the world.

Wielding her brush, Oei defies all expectations of womanhood— all but one. She is dutiful until death to the exasperating father who created her and, ultimately, steals her future. A breathtaking work of imagination, The Ghost Brush illuminates the most tender and ambiguous love of all—that between father and daughter.

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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.Here, 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 a...

KATHERINE GOVIER’s novelCreation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was aNew York TimesNotable Book of the Year in 2003. She is the winner of Canada’s Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career and the Toronto Book Award. Katherine has been a visiting lecturer in both creative writing and magazine journalism at York Univer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:July 26, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:155468644X

ISBN - 13:9781554686445

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