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Fictional dangers become real to American translator, Ruth Bennett, in this high-octane multicultural thriller.
Recently returned to her childhood home in Kyoto, after losing her job in the United States—and her marriage—Ruth was hoping her new job would offer a quiet diversion, perhaps even boost her flagging confidence. But she soon finds the storyline in the mysterious novel she’s translating is leaking into her everyday life. Fictional characters turn out to be real, and the past catches up with the present in a menacing way. Using her skills as a translator and her intimate knowledge of both kimono and Kyoto, Ruth is forced to confront a vicious killer along with her own painful family secrets.
FIRST PLACE MULTICULTURAL FICTION
INTERNATIONAL BOOK OF THE MONTH - JUNE
“A delicate and intricate novel, pieced together like a mosaic, that just blew me away. The author shows a strikingly deep knowledge of Japanese literature and kimono culture.”
-Natsuo Kirino, Edgar-Award nominated author of OUT, Grotesque, and other novels
“It is not simply an exciting page-turner you cannot put down, but also an intricate thriller uniquely informed with the “kimono and tattoo philosophy,” and immensely enriched by the protagonist’s double perspective as both an insider and outsider—an American scholar living and working in Japan. The novel brings you so vividly into the kaleidoscope of the modern-day Japan, you want to make a trip there the next day, holding a copy of The Kimono Tattoo.”
-Xiaolong Qiu, author of the award-winning Inspector Chen Series
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