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Sometimes you have to run far, far away to find your way home.


Recently wed—and quickly divorced—twenty-four-year-old Sarah Coomber escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan is to use the year to reflect, heal and figure out what to do with her wrecked life while enjoying the culture of the country where she had previo

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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by TouchPoint Press
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Lisa
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. My only complaint was that I wish it kept going; I wished to know how Sarah re-adjusted to American culture. I felt that the book was very relatable, as I too have studied Japanese, worked at that camp, visited Japan, and have lived in the areas Sarah grew up. It was also quite interesting to read about her experiences as a JET, since I have many friends who have also participated in that program.
Michelle
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing account of life as a foreigner in rural Japan in the mid-90s, before internet and text messaging made the world smaller. The author’s love for her adopted village, as well as for her life in the Midwestern US, makes this a coming of age story that is a joy to read.
Gajkmueller
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting. A true story of one woman’s two years of teaching in Japan
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From the publisher: Recently wed—and quickly divorced—twenty-four-year-old Sarah Coomber escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan is to use the year to reflect, heal and figure out what to do with her wrecked life while enjoying the culture of the country where she had previously spent a life-changing summer that included a romance with a young baseball player.

The reality?

Sarah finds herself
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Susan Keller
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Same Moon
I want to be twenty again and follow in the footsteps of the adventurous, open-hearted, and vulnerable Sarah Coomber as she explores Japan and absorbs the culture, traditions, and language. Her memoir, The Same Moon, is a big embrace of an exotic land where she tries to bring about a more equitable role for the women she works with and the school girls she cares about so deeply.
Like a watercolor, The Same Moon has no sharp edges. It is a beautiful story with a dream-like quality th
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Katrina Brown
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Reading this book, I was swept up in the story of Sarah and her Japan as if she was a character in a novel. Coomber's description of her experiences and the places they happened invoked all my senses. I know this is a true story, but it was also the perfect literary escape.
Mari Kay
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!!!
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Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who's experienced the fish-out-of-water feeling of living in a culture different than one's own, Sarah Coomber's memoir of her two years spent teaching for the JET in Japan in the wake of a identity-changing young marriage and divorce is fantastic. Her prose is lovely. The reflective lens through which she approaches and engages with the cultural differences of her new home is thoughtful and honest, while her hopes for new love are tender and delicate. I thoroughly enjoyed reading thi ...more
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