The Same Moon
Recently wed - and quickly divorced - twenty-four-year-old Sarah Coomber escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan is to use the year to reflect, heal, and figure out what to do with her wrecked life while enjoying the culture of the country where she had previously spent a life-changing summer that included a romance with a young baseball player.
Sarah finds herself the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where she is drawn into serving tea to her male coworkers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for her female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance with a local salaryman.
This isn't the Japan Sarah was seeking, but it just might be the Japan she needs.
Sarah Coomber is a native Minnesotan who lives with her family in Washington state. She has worked in journalism, public relations, and science writing, and taught English in Japan and at the college level. She is a writing/communication consultant who also teaches yoga ... and still occasionally plays the koto.