To Mrs. Hopper, Yoshi Takahashi may be just another name from her daughters' past, but for Jean and her sister, Colette, he stands for much more. Years ago, Mr. Takahashi moved into their Toronto neighbourhood and sent the adolescent lives of Jean and Colette into a tailspin. They weren't content merely to befriend the Japanese pianist -- in their infatuation they sought to mirror his life as closely as possible. The enchantment lingers into adult life in ways both sisters are reluctant to recognise. This weekend they have been invited to an extravagant family celebration in Victoria, B.C. As the party gains momentum, so does the tension between the sisters. As before, the larger-than-life Mr. Takahashi casts his spell. Originally published in 1985, A Certain Mr. Takahashi won the coveted Seal First Novel Award and the Books in Canada/W.H. Smith First Novel Award.
Ann Ireland teaches at Ryerson University, where she coordinates the Writing program in Continuing Education. She is a past president of PEN Canada. In addition to "A Certain Mr. Takahashi," she is the author of "The Instructor" (shortlisted for the 1997 Trillium Book Award). Her most recent novel, Exile, was shortlisted for the 2002 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.