The Same Moon

Book cover -- The Same Moon

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

Sarah’s memoir, The Same Moon, is available in paperback in amazing places like Vintage Books and Main Street Vintage Home (Vancouver), and Zandbroz (Fargo).

It’s also available online through Powell’s and through Amazon

Note (Feb. 20, 2020): Due to distribution issues, limited copies are available at this time. Please stay tuned — or sign up for my e-newsletter — to learn when the problem is resolved.

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Book description: 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 the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where she is drawn into serving tea to her male coworkers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for her female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance with a local salaryman.

This isn’t the Japan Sarah was seeking, but it just might be the Japan she needs.


People are saying …

Cover quotes

Sarah Coomber has written an insightful story about her journey to Japan and a journey to find herself. Readers will enjoy an entertaining and honest account of a young woman’s self-discovery in a foreign land.

—Laura Kriska, author of The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan, and cross-cultural consultant

With sensitivity and humility, exploring no one’s story but her own, Coomber addresses the question of this American hour: how to honor—even cherish—fellow humans regardless of divergent cultural, political or spiritual convictions. The Same Moon injects hope into the current American climate of intolerance.

—Natalie Kusz, award-winning memoirist and author of Road Song

Sarah captures in great detail many things unique to Japan in nature, daily life and relationships.

—Yukari Sakamoto, author of Food Sake Tokyo, and Tokyo-based chef, sommelier and shōchū adviser

Reviews & media coverage

More from The Same Moon

Author Q & A
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Curious about the koto?
Press kit

(Sarah thought friends were taking a still photo, not a video! But this gives you a sense of the koto, which is featured in The Same Moon.)


The Same Moon‘s cover art is by the amazing Andria Villanueva!