Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War... Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine just those things (don't even try to imagine the love story) and you'll have a foretaste of this inimitable Tom Robbins' book. Love, lust and wickedly provocative ideas abound. This is perhaps his most beautifully crafted novel - and the most fun to read.