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American Fuji by Sara Backer
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Sep 04, 2009

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Read in September, 2009

This is the story of Gaby Stanton, an American who was teaching at a Japanese university. Gaby unexpectedly loses her job and is forced to take a job selling fantasy funerals. She's in dark times. She doesn't understand why she lost her job, she's sick and can't receive her needed operation because she's single, and she's lonely - tired of always being the outcast.

Through a series of coincidences she meets Alex, an author whose son died a year ago. He's in Japan to understand what happened to his son. Gaby and Alex form a bond as they help each other navigate hurdles and find the answers to the questions they seek.

It's an entertaining story that includes Japanese gangsters, crooked monks, loud Austrailians, and selfish Englishmen. It's a light, quick read despite the 370+ pages. I finished it in a weekend while I was home recovering from strep throat.

I enjoyed the window into Japanese custom, language, and culture.
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