The Ghost Brush by Katherine GovierThe Ghost Brush by Katherine Govier

The Ghost Brush

byKatherine Govier

Paperback | July 26, 2011

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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.

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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Title:The Ghost BrushFormat: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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and engaging This was a fantastic book which addresses the relationship between father and daughter. Even more engaging, however, it deals with the issues around art, copies, and reproduction. Hokusai is probably the most well known Japanese artist (to Westerners, at least), and yet it is clear that much of his work was completed in a studio, which included multiple artists. My only critique is that I felt at times that Govier was stretching out the story too long, but it could have been a tool used to mimic the relationship Oei had with her father.
Date published: 2017-01-21