Everything you need to understand or teach The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness.
Patrick Ness’ novel The Crane Wife is a modern version of a Japanese folktale by the same name. In Ness’ version, George, a 48-year-old man, and Amanda, his 25-year-old, have their lives transformed by a mysterious woman named Kumiko. Through their interaction with Kumiko, they learn the arts of self-acceptance, love, and forgiveness. The novel explores themes of storytelling, memory, creativity the dualities of love, the connection that exists between all people, and self-acceptance