If You Follow Me: A Novel

Paperback | August 11, 2015

byMalena Watrous

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“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

“Graceful, smart, and filled with wonder, If You Follow Me is a heartfelt delight from beginning to end.” — Michelle Richmond, bestselling author of The Year of Fog

Beautifully wrought and deftly written, If You Follow Me is the stunning debut novel from author Malena Watrous. It 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. Fans of the works of Curtis Sittenfeld, Diana Spechler, and Min Jin Lee, as well as those interested in Japanese culture, will love If You Follow Me.

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“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 “Graceful, smart, and filled with wonder, If You Follow Me is a heartfelt delight from beginning to end....

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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 com...

Malena Watrous's short fiction has appeared inStory Quarterly,Glimmer Train,Triquarterly,The Massachusetts Review, andKyoto Journal. The winner of the Michener-Copernicus Award, she lives in San Francisco.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061732850

ISBN - 13:9780061732850

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done 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.
Date published: 2014-11-01

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“Her writing is direct and conversational. And she is able to deliver an excruciating portrayal of Marina’s internal struggles.”