Top critical review
on April 20, 2014
I like this book. It's not literature. But this is a lovely, charming book, a fast read. Basically Midori is engaged to Kevin Newberry, and she comes to the United States with him. At the engagement party, she meets Shinji "Sean," who is very kind to her. Kevin dumps her for his old girlfriend, Kimberly, who refers to her as the Japanese girl. Kevin is a scoundrel, leaves her, so Midori finds a job as a hostess of sorts at Miki's Lounge, where she flatters and sings with patrons. They all have fake names. There she meets Amber, who turns out to be a wanted fugitive. Kevin comes in once, but does not recognize Midori because she is in disguise; she even calls up Kimberly to rat out Kevin's Asian fetish. Shinji has a girlfriend, Tracy, who is wild about Japan i.e. who has a Japanese fetish. Tracy suggests to Midori that she marry Damien to stay in the country. Midori cooks, loves to make cakes. Midori meets Graham doing laundry, goes to his restaurant, The Lupine, enjoys bass, fantasizes about him but he is gay. Midori learns English from a soap opera. At the end, Tracy stays in Japan, Shinji and Midori get together and go to Kevin's wedding. An okay book, somewhat formulaic, but the book doesn't pretend to be anything different. An enjoyable reprieve. Surprised actually. Given ALL the attributes.