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5.5 x 8.5"
In Kanazawa, Japan, Emmitt’s future plans collapse when his wife, Mirai, backs out of negotiations for a house in which they can live independently from her parents and start a family. After quitting an unsatisfying job at a local university, Emmitt’s search for a more meaningful existence steers him to help his mother-in-law translate Kanazawa’s most famous author, Izumi Kyoka, into English.
While resisting Mirai’s efforts to move to Tokyo, he becomes drawn into the mysterious death thirty years ago of a mutual friend of his parents-in-law. It is only when he and his father-in-law climb the mountain where the man died that he learns the truth about the relationship the three of them had as sculptor, model, and painter, and finds a way to bring Mirai back into the fold of their dreamed-of life.
Kanazawa, the first literary novel in English to be set in Kanazawa, is told in the tradition of both the best expatriate fiction and Japanese fiction in translation.
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About the Author(s)
David Joiner's writing has appeared in literary journals and elsewhere, including Echoes: Writers in Kyoto 2017, The Brooklyn Rail, Phoebe Journal, The Ontario Review, and The Madison Review His first novel, Lotusland, set in contemporary Vietnam, was published in 2015 by Guernica Editions.