Finding Land: Stories of Japan

Finding Land: Stories of Japan

by Marian Pierce


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A Jewish girl from Cleveland meets a pregnant Texas belle over a package of dried squid in a Tokyo grocery store. Their common ground? Both newlyweds, married to Japanese men. Despite being unable to decipher the maps in Tokyo's train stations well enough to know where they're going, they abandon plans to cook dinner for their husbands (they don't know what half the things in the grocery store are anyway) and set off on a quest to find land. Will they find space for themselves, in a place where there's none? Will the Clevelander ever understand the haiku about cherry blossoms her husband reads to her in the bath? Will the women learn why, when you press a mysterious button in the restroom stall of a fancy Ginza department store, a tinny rendition of "Matchmaker Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof is emitted from somewhere above the toilet seat? And will the Texan give birth on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line train? These stories chronicle the adventures of two card-carrying members of Tokyo's "Foreign Wives of Japanese" club at the height of Japan's economic boom years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732431904
Publisher: Mirror City Press
Publication date: 07/20/2018
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Marian Pierce has written for Japan's National Public Radio and traveled solo throughout India by bus and train. Her short stories have appeared in Portland Monthly magazine, Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ) magazine, Creative Writers' Handbook, Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops 1997, STORY, The Japan Times, The Mississippi Review, Confrontation, Puerto del Sol, Yomimono and, most recently, Hospital Drive. She won the 2009 Wordstock Short Fiction Competition and was the 1995 winner of the Frederick Exley fiction competition, sponsored by GQ magazine. She has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the MacDowell Colony, Literary Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, KHN Center for the Arts, and was short listed for the David Wong Fellowship at the University of East Anglia for an author writing fiction set in the Far East. She is a freelance editor, ghostwriter and teacher in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Table of Contents

"Mrs. Nakamura"

"A Craving for Bread"

"Finding Land"

"The Hazards of Golf"

"The Cherry Blossom Report"


"Pair Palace"

"Tokyo Pleasureland"


"The Grocery Store Cart"

"The Braid "

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