A rich, fun, spicy novel about the all-time, most impossible journey of an American woman determined to make it in Japan.
When Sarah Green discovers her destiny is to tie her life with Japan, she does everything possible to make it there. This, however, comes with a price. As she climbs up the corporate ladder in her Tokyo-based, Japanese firm, everything else falls apart. Only the singing widow of a Buddhist priest, a white Persian cat, an ex-sumo champion, and a handsome mystery man can help her mold together her scattered self into a version of the woman she truly thirsts to be.
The Singing Widow of a Buddhist Priest is narrated in Sarah Green’s witty, determined and, at times, insecure voice. The novel is humorous yet elegant in both its descriptions of Japan and its culture. It is a must read for Japan lovers, especially for those who can enjoy light reading and never stop believing that dreams can come true
The Singing Widow of a Buddhist Priest is narrated in Sarah Green’s witty, determined and, at times, insecure voice. The novel is humorous yet elegant in both its descriptions of Japan and its culture. It is a must read for Japan lovers, especially for those who can enjoy light reading and never stop believing that dreams can come true.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-120
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Many aspects of the book are based on my own life story. At the age of twenty-four, I was invited to spend one year with the Japanese Shinto community, Oomoto, living on the grounds of their Shinto shrine in Kameoka, a city in the countryside of Kyoto. I then went on and earned a Japan-focused MBA from the University of Hawaii and The Japan-American Institute of Management Science. Following my studies, I spent a decade leading business negotiations between Japanese and non-Japanese firms. In recent years, I co-founded three startups then decided to intricately weave my experiences into a highly relevant novel so that I could share with others the challenges of a woman’s journey in a male-dominated business world.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
During my years in Japan both as a business executive and as a guest of the Oomoto Shinto community in Kyoto, I met many individuals and heard endless stories. On business travel, I always had a good chick lit novel with me and often found myself laughing-out-loud, while waiting at the terminal, reading in-between flights. My dream was to one day connect things I learned and experienced in Japan, together with a fun and humorous plot. The life-journey that the heroine in the novel goes through, is in many ways very similar to my own.
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