Odori: A Novel
Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2007.
PS8639 .A553 O34 2007
In the spring of 1999, Eddie Lanier loses control of his old Ford and together with his wife, Mai Yoshimoto-Lanier, crashes through the guardrails of the bridge over the Belly River in Rainmaker Hills, Alberta. Eddie dies. Mai falls into a coma, which takes the form of a dream world, somewhere between heaven and earth, in which the ghost of her basan (great-grandmother), a kataribe (storyteller) from Okinawa, tells her the history of the Ryukyuan Kingdom, myths of the Tree Gods, the Sky Gods, human lumps of clay, and the story of her own family.