". . . a compelling tale of sexual ambiguity and illusion . . . evokes the sensibilities of the [Japanese Tokugawa] period while retaining a freshness that speaks to the twenty-first century reader." -- Chris Hudson (Associate Professor Asian Media and Culture-RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
"So many masks inhabit this universal theatre. Reading this novel is an extraordinary experience. (Paul Nelson, poet, editor Hawaiian Literary Arts Council magazine, KAIMANA.)
"The guys in this book are my heroes, and Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger have done a tremendous job of bringing their stories to life. It's important to put a spotlight on the radical, rebellious characters who have shaped the Zen Buddhist lineage. I really like this book."