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Book Review Essay, Resources

American Fuji: A Novel

Sara Backer’s first book, American Fuji, can be read on three overlapping levels. First, it is an enjoyable, often humorous mystery novel tinged with romantic tension. Second, it is a witty, even erudite social commentary on Japanese society, expatriate life, and intercultural relations. Third, Ameri­can Fuji is conceptually about human nature, especially the abili­ty and adaptability of people who are categorized as outside the mainstream to find their niche in society—and for some to fin...

Book Review Essay, Resources

American Fuji: A Novel

BY SARA BACKERHARD COVER: G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS, MARCH 2001 373 PAGES. ISBN 0-399-14691-1 PAPERBACK: BERKELEY PUBLISHING GROUP, MARCH 2002 416 PAGES. ISBN 0-425-18336-X Sara Backer’s first book, American Fuji, can be read on three overlapping levels. First, it is an enjoyable, often humorous mystery novel tinged with romantic tension. Second, it is a witty, even erudite social commentary on Japanese society, expatriate life, and intercultural relations. Third, American Fuji is conceptually...