When middle-aged George Duncan saves the crane he finds behind his house, Kumiko comes into his life. A beautiful and gifted artist, Kumiko touches and changes George’s life–and that of his friends and family– in wonderful ways. Even as she helps others to grow and understand themselves, Kumiko keeps much of herself hidden. Relations and secrets strain a journey of growth and love in The Crane Wife.
Patrick Ness is a hit or miss for me–I loved A Monster Calls, but did not care for The Knife of Never Letting Go. Much like A Monster Calls, Ness weaves fantastical elements and very real situations to create a touching and engaging story. Suffice to say, I was completely engrossed. I definitely recommend this one, particularly to those who like lighter fantasy or stories with fairy tale or mythological elements.