News release from TouchPoint Press


March 15, 2019

Former Journalist and School Public Relations Professional to Release Travel Memoir

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, March 15, 2019: Sometimes you have to run far, far away to find your way home.

In The Same Moon, a young American divorcee seeking solitude runs off to rural Japan, where she finds a controversial romance, cross-cultural challenges and new purpose for her life.

Although The Same Moon is not primarily the story of a faith walk, it is written from the perspective of a woman who considers the world from a Protestant Christian perspective.

It also is unique in that it is not simply a story about a short-term visit. It is informed by multiple stays in Japan—during high school, university and young adult years—and continued interaction with the culture over the following couple of decades.

Author Sarah Coomber explains, “Many travel memoirs describe adventures that begin when the writer arrives in a new place with little knowledge of it and end when he or she finishes the trip, all the wiser. The Same Moon is informed by my long-term involvement with Japan. I had been engaged for eight years with the language, culture and people of Japan before beginning my two-year stint with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program that forms this memoir’s primary timeframe, and I have continued to be involved in the two decades since my return to the States.

“I believe this book could be used in preparation courses/seminars for students preparing to participate in study abroad programs, especially at the university level. It shows the arc of culture shock and the impact of diving deeper into an international culture,” Coomber adds.

Sarah Coomber is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. She has been involved with Japan since her high school homestay experience and has since taught Japanese language and dance in Minnesota and English in Yamaguchi, Japan, and studied koto (zither) for eleven years in Yamaguchi and Oregon. She still considers her host family in Japan her second family and Hagi her second hometown. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Japan Times, The Star Tribune, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Memoir Journal and The Font: A Literary Journal for Language Teachers.


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For more information about The Same Moon or to schedule an interview with the author, contact Ashley Carlson (Deputy Publisher, Media Liaison) at 662-595-4162 or