Many of us experience a time in life where we’d like a do-over, and I suspect I’m not alone in feeling that way about my early twenties.
After being briefly wed and quickly divorced by age twenty-four, all I wanted was a fresh start. I abandoned my Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan, planning to take a year to reflect, heal and figure out what to do next.
I ended up the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where I was drawn into serving tea to my male co-workers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance.
Of course I signed on for a second year — not because this was the Japan I was seeking, but because it turned out to be the Japan I needed.
The Same Moon offers a story of encouragement and hope … and a little escape — to 1990s Japan!
To learn more about The Same Moon
- Read reviews and media coverage of the first edition, including one by The (Vancouver) Columbian, which describes the book as: “both a journey through Japanese culture and a journey toward self-understanding, security and faith.”
- Visit the webpage for the book.
- Check out the Q&A I did with the Spiritual Media Blog.
- Find the book at Camphor Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Indigo and elsewhere, coming soon.
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What makes this edition new?
I was thrilled that Camphor Press wanted to add The Same Moon to its growing shelf of books about Japan. (Side note: On July 30 Camphor will release an anthology on rural Japan, including a chapter I wrote.)
Here’s what’s new in this edition of The Same Moon:
- Camphor’s deft editing has evened out the prose.
- The new interior layout gives the text “more room to breathe.”
- My new epilogue, “Stitches in Time,” answers lingering reader questions.*
* If you’ve already read The Same Moon and would like to read the epilogue, just let me know, and I’ll send it your way.
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