Please join us on Tuesday, April 6th at 4 pm when we welcome Malena Watrous, author of If You Follow Me. In her debut novel, Watrous tells the story of Marina, who moves to Japan to teach English shortly after her father’s tragic suicide, and finds unexpected solace with her Japanese supervisor and seemingly indifferent neighbors.
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.
Curtis Sittenfeld, the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife said of 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.”
We have 10 copies of If You Follow Me to give away to the first 10 people who comment that they'd like to join the discussion on Tuesday, April 6th at 4 pm ET. Browse inside the book and look for Malena on tuor near you. Check out the reading group guide, learn more about Malena Watrous and set your reminder for the show.