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The Japan Times reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 01, 2018

We are thrilled to share that The Japan Times has published their favorable review of Tracy Franz's new memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan

A big thank you to the wonderful writer and reviewer Suzanne Kamata for capturing the elegance and feeling of intimacy in Tracy's book. 

"Tracy Franz's poignant memoir, My Year of Dirt and Water, is full of carefully observed details. . . what emerges is a discreet love story, but also an account of a woman discovering her own inner strength while living in Japan."—The Japan Times

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