MFA in Writing alumna Patricia Dove Miller’s memoir to be published this month

Patricia Dove Miller (W ’08) will release her memoir, Bamboo Secrets, this month through her own independent publishing company, Illuminated Owl Press.

While living in Japan in 1993, Patricia’s dream of a year of exploration and personal growth is shattered when her husband is detained on drug charges. Miller struggles with a sense of betrayal upon learning her husband’s secrets and yet she stands by him, fighting to save both him and their marriage in the face of the terrifying uncertainties now confronting them. To save herself, she seeks refuge in two Japanese traditional arts—ikebana and shakuhachi (bamboo flute)—which not only nourish and strengthen her, but also lead her to finally discover, at age fifty-two, her life’s passion: to become a writer. Bamboo Secrets: One Woman’s Quest through the Shadows of Japan weaves together four strands: a mature woman in search of herself, a marriage in trouble, the dark side of Japan, and the beauty of Japanese art and culture.

Patricia shared with us info about her upcoming book launch event in California: “Please come celebrate with me at my Nevada County Book Launch in on Thursday, June 16 from 5-7 p.m., at the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, 128 E. Main Street in Grass Valley, California. The event is sponsored by the Nevada County Arts Council. Special feature: "I will play a brief piece on my shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) for you!”