The Same Moon (Paperback)
Touchpoint Press, 9781946920621, 258pp.
Publication Date: March 18, 2019
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.
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.
..". 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
..".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