Peadar had a simple plan: stay for a year or two in Japan, pay off his university debt, do some research on Japanese architecture, master the language, and, what the hell, fool around with the geishas. Then, with his pockets full of yen, he was going to head back to the States, finish graduate school, and begin an illustrious and well-compensated career as an architect. Sixteen months later, where was he? Broke as ever, still speaking broken Japanese, and, worst of all, broken hearted by a woman named Mie. A Woman’s Nails is the story of how Peadar puts Mie to rest one woman at a time.