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Hoping to outpace her grief in the wake of her father's suicide, Marina has come to the small, rural Japanese town of Shika to teach English for a year. But in Japan, as she soon discovers, you can never really throw away your past . . . or anything else, for that matter.

If You Follow Me is at once a fish-out-of-water tale, a dark comedy of manners, and a strange kind of love story. Alive with vibrant and unforgettable characters—from an ambitious town matchmaker to a high school student-cum-rap artist wannabe with an addiction to self-tanning lotion—it guides readers over cultural bridges even as it celebrates the awkward, unlikely triumph of the human spirit.

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If You Follow Me
Average rating
4 / 5
Well done
November 1st, 2014
To try to outrun the pain of her father’s suicide, Marina moves to Japan with her girlfriend so they can both teach English. They find themselves in a small town, breaking numerous cultural rules. The story is original and well-paced. I started out disliking Marina, but by the end of the novel, she had really grown on me.
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