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'My Year of Dirt and Water' reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 29, 2018

We are pleased to share that the Asian Review of Books has shared their review of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan

"If you live in a foreign country for any length of time, it’s inevitable that some of its customs and culture will rub off, whatever you do to try and avoid it. On the other hand, however well you “adjust” to the new culture, you will never be part of it."

John Butler's excellently written review dives to the heart of Tracy's story and unlocks the feeling of being an outsider in a foreign country. 

"Franz has written a moving account of her experiences, not just what it’s like to be the wife of a Zen priest who is also a gaijin, but of what it’s like when you finally understand.”—Asian Review of Books

A big thanks to reviewer John Butler and the Editors at the Asian Review of books. Read the full review here.



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