Malena Watrous, authour of If You Follow Me, on tour March 2010

Posted By on December 22, 2009

About If You Follow Me

“I love, love, love IF YOU FOLLOW ME. It’s fearlessly honest, occasionally heartbreaking, and extremely funny, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
— Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Prep and American Wife

“Dear Miss Marina… First learn gomi law, second Japanese language, and third you can enjoy international friendship. This is like holding hands across a sea!”

And so begins If You Follow Me and our narrator Marina’s lessons in “gomi” (garbage) law, Japanese culture, and the workings of Shika, the small, rural Japanese town in which she is teaching English for one year. For Marina, Shika is more than just her home as a “temporary person.” It’s also an attempt to escape the reality that has followed her everyday since her father committed suicide. But as Marina comes to realize, in Japan, you can never really throw away your past.

Part coming-of-age, part fish-out-of-water story, If You Follow Me is seeped in the tension of being the outsider in an intimate community and the joy in finding that human nature is the same everywhere.

About Malena

Malena Watrous is a graduate of Barnard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, She was recently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford where she’s currently a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing. Her Pushcart-nominated work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Triquarterly, The Massachusetts Review and Kyoto Journal. She also contributes to and reviews books for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco.

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Malena’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Tuesday, March 9th: Dolce Bellezza

Wednesday, March 10th: Take Me Away (and interview)

Thursday, March 11th: Life in the Thumb

Monday, March 15th: Raging Bibliomania

Wednesday, March 17th: Stephanie’s Written Word

Thursday, March 18th: nomadreader

Monday, March 22nd: Books and Movies

Wednesday, March 24th: Book Chatter

Tuesday, March 30th: BookNAround

Wednesday, March 31st: Bookstack


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