American Fuji

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Penguin, Mar 5, 2002 - Fiction - 416 pages
3 Reviews
?Japan itself is the comic hero of American Fuji?sweet and funny, sad and inspiring.?

Gaby Stanton, an American professor living in Japan, has lost her job teaching English at Shizuyama University. (No one will tell her exactly why.) Alex Thorn, an American psychologist, is mourning his son, a Shizuyama exchange student who was killed in an accident. (No one will tell him exactly how.) Alex has come to this utterly foreign place to find the truth, and now Gaby is serving as his translator and guide. The key to mastering Japanese, she keeps telling him, is understanding what's not being said. And in this "deft and delightful" (Karen Joy Fowler) novel, the unsaid truths about everything from work and love to illness and death cast a deafening silence-and tower in the background like Mount Fuji itself.
 

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Witty, funny, intriguing

User Review  - SapphireSavvy - Borders

This book will hook you on page one. An unusual heroine, a funny plot, a strange situation, a tense mystery....what's not to love? In fact, I have not picked up a piece of mainstream fiction I've ... Read full review

The Nail that Sticks Out is worth the Attention

User Review  - Ms.Pegasus - Borders

AMERICAN FUJI by Sara Backer is set, not in cosmopolitan Tokyo, but parochial Shizuoka at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Readers familiar with some aspects of Japanese culture will appreciate the many humorous ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Sara Backer was the first American and the first woman to serve as visiting professor of English at Japan's Shizuoka University. An early draft of American Fuji was named a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Competition, and a play she wrote as a Djerassi artist in residence was chosen for performance at the Edward Albee Theatre Conference in June 2000. A published poet and short-story writer, Backer lives in New Hampshire.

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