Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pg. 69: Malena Watrous' "If You Follow Me"

This weekend's feature at the Page 69 Test: If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous.

About the book, from the publisher:

Hoping to outpace her grief in the wake of her father's suicide, Marina has come to the small, rural Japanese town of Shika to teach English for a year. But in Japan, as she soon discovers, you can never really throw away your past ... or anything else, for that matter.

If You Follow Me is at once a fish-out-of-water tale, a dark comedy of manners, and a strange kind of love story. Alive with vibrant and unforgettable characters—from an ambitious town matchmaker to a high school student-cum-rap artist wannabe with an addiction to self-tanning lotion—it guides readers over cultural bridges even as it celebrates the awkward, unlikely triumph of the human spirit.
Browse inside If You Follow Me, and learn more about the book and author at the official Malena Watrous website and blog.

Writers Read: Malena Watrous.

The Page 69 Test: If You Follow Me.

--Marshal Zeringue