I loved this epic personal, cultural, temporal journey of the author and the netsuke, the small Japanese sculptures, he has inherited. Amazing how he connected intimate details of family members to larger historical events. He interweaves his own quest and responses to his exploration in the places where the stories took place, Paris, Vienna, Tokyo, Odessa. As a potter, he also brings his sensibility of art and objects. The hardships, discrimination and forced relocations of his once rich, Jewish ancestors in Europe, resonate with the stories of my Nikkei parents and grandparents I have been thinking about how to capture.