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American Fuji by Sara Backer
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Jan 01, 2011

bookshelves: east-asian, general-fiction, realistic-fiction
Read in December, 2010

I don't usually read contemporary realistic fiction, but this once takes place in Japan and is described as "quirky" on the back cover, and it was a Christmas gift, so I started it.

It is indeed quirky, and has low-key and sometimes lowbrow humor, along with a fairly intriguing mystery and a lot of exposition of the weirder aspects of Japanese culture. The last is done for mostly for laughs at first but is usually relevant to the plot as well as fascinating in its own right.

Characters are colorful and likeable, except when they are not intended to be, and sometimes surprising (Rie in particular!)

An enjoyable if not exceptional read for people interested in Japanese culture or simply a quirky and involving read that's not too heavy but still has meaning and appreciation for the value of kindness in the world.
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