American Fuji by Sara Backer

By Sara Backer

'Japan itself is the comedian hero of yankee Fuji'sweet and humorous, unhappy and inspiring.'

Gaby Stanton, an American professor residing in Japan, has misplaced her activity instructing English at Shizuyama college. (No one will inform her precisely why.) Alex Thorn, an American psychologist, is mourning his son, a Shizuyama alternate pupil who used to be killed in an twist of fate. (No one will inform him precisely how.) Alex has come to this completely international position to discover the reality, and now Gaby is serving as his translator and advisor. the main to studying eastern, she retains telling him, is knowing what's now not being acknowledged. And during this "deft and delightful" (Karen pleasure Fowler) novel, the unsaid truths approximately every little thing from paintings and like to affliction and loss of life forged a deafening silence-and tower within the history like Mount Fuji itself.

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