Born in Japan, Aki Shimazaki has lived in Montreal since 1991. The theme of her pentalogy, Le Poids des secrets, is intergenerational family secrets. Her second novel cycle, Au cœur du Yamato, explores the influence of professional life on private life. And the third cycle, L’Ombre du chardon, penetrates into the private emotions of individuals. Her works are published by Actes Sud.