American  Fuji



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“In this fine debut novel, an American travels to Japan to investigate the mysteries surrounding his son's death and ends up discovering the larger answers to the meaning of love.”
                     — Sue Grafton

“A wonderful read—funny, startling, honest, vivid.” 
                     — Ursula K. Le Guin

“A winning debut novel.”  — Booklist

“More than any book I have read about Japan in years, American Fuji succeeds brilliantly in capturing the furtive charms and mysteries of this extraordinary society with precision and great compassion.”
                     — Simon Winchester

"A delicious read—both funny and touching, skillfully written, and with a diabolically clever and intricate plot that makes it hard to put down.  Sara Backer is definitely a writer to watch."  —Lynne Sharon Schwartz

“Highly entertaining.”
                     — Publishers Weekly

“While cultures clash, love flourishes: a funny, warmhearted first novel.”
                     — Kirkus Reviews

"A grim, sometimes mordantly funny, vision of Japan that seems determined to keep outsiders outside—where they belong . . . The leading characters in American Fuji are complex and the plot twists clever . . . there is also considerable knowledge and appreciation of the ways Japan forces the foreigner toward self-reflection, a heightened sensitivity to gesture and an earnestness unencumbered by irony." 
                    — The New York Times Book Review

“Backer delivers a hilarious send-up of the silly, shallow side of modern life and death even as she takes us on a Far Eastern quest for truth and justice, love and enlightenment.”
                     — Amarillo Globe-News

“Vastly entertaining . . . the incessant clashes between what Alex wants and what Gaby knows are very funny . . . American Fuji is sweet and funny, sad and inspiring: a big challenge for a medium-sized novel about a small country, but Backer carries it off. Expect to be surprised, as Gaby invites us—and delighted.”
                    — Detroit Free Press

“A complex and compelling first novel. American Fuji is a powerful book and a stunning debut.”

“Sara Backer has written the near-perfect first novel.”
                     — Town Crier On The Web

“373 pages of Backer on Japan is just not enough. Highly recommended.”
                     — I Love A Mystery Newsletter
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“For those seeking a book with an unusual outlook and flair, Sara Backer's debut novel really fits the bill.”
                     — Romantic Times

“We love this book!”
                     — Partners & Crime


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