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Midori by Moonlight (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/9/18

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Midora Saito's dream seems about to come true. Too independent for Japanese society, she is a young woman who has always felt like a stranger in her native land. So when she falls in love with Kevin, an American English teacher, she readily agrees to leave home and start a new life with him in San Francisco - as his fiancee. Kevin seems to be the perfect man. That is, until he dumps her for his blonde ex-fiancee, whom Midori never even knew existed. Midora is left on her own, with just a smattering of fractured English, not much cash, and a visa set to expire in sixty days. Unable to face the humiliation of telling her parents she's been jilted, and not wanting to give up on her "American Dream," Midora realizes she's in for quite a challenge.Her only hope is her new acquaintance (and potential landlord) Shinji, a successful San Francisco graphic artist and amateur moon gazer who fled Japan after a family tragedy. And eventually, Midora surprises even herself as she proves she will do almost anything to hang on to her dream of a new life.


"Midori By Moonlight" is part wasabi, part ginger, and as scrumptious as a California roll. You'll devour this book in a day! "Cara Lockwood, bestselling author of Dixieland Sushi" A delightful fusion of East meeting West, as if Banana Yoshimoto and Meg Cabot got together to create a romantic comedy. "Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Vertigo" Midori is endearing, feisty, and funny: the novel is a delight. "Ellen Sussman, editor of Bad Girls and author of On a Night Like This." Shedding light on Japanese culture and modern dating, relating, and living woes, Tokunaga blends both with an insider's eye for nuance and a real love for her characters. Delightfully sweet, just like Midori. "Margo Candela, author of Life Over Easy""



  • ペーパーバック: 256ページ
  • 出版社: St. Martin's Griffin (2007/9/18)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0312372612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312372613
  • 発売日: 2007/9/18
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9982f2c4) From under the table to frosting on the cake 2011/1/30
投稿者 Linda Austin - MoonbridgeBooks - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
This book was so much fun I devoured it as if it were one of Midori's cakes. Yum! Midori escapes the confining societal mores of Japan by following her gaijin fiancé to America only to be dumped by "Bad Man" Kevin before the wedding. She refuses to return to Japan. What's a desperate cupcake-maker with broken English and no green card to do? Soap operas, a mysterious girl, Midori's desserts, and a little help from the moon eventually lead to happiness in the U.S. Sweet and funny, with enough real vanilla to give it depth, Midori by Moonlight delivers the goods with a twist of revenge. Loved the Japanese culture, the natural dialogue, the comedy, "I'm sure you are concerned about the difference between a canister and an upright vacuum." Five stars for those who like a fun and fast read. For those who are conservative, beware of a few spicy tuna rolls.
1 人中、1人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち HASH(0x973db63c) What a fun book! 2007/12/7
投稿者 Kinsey Millhone - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I have a soft spot for chick lit but most of the books are so samey and predictable that I wind up not reading much of it. I spotted "Midori by Moonlight" on the new books table at a local store, and because of my interest in Japanese culture and the hometown (San Francisco) setting, I couldn't resist picking it up. I'm glad I did -- I read the entire thing in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! It's light but explores some serious themes, too, such as the importance of conformity in Japanese culture. If you live in SF, the perfect place to read the book would be while enjoying a delicate dessert at Miette in the Ferry Building, one of the inspirations for the pastry shops Midori loves so much. This book is guaranteed to make you smile and brighten your day!
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x9982ace4) Lively and Luscious! 2008/6/15
投稿者 Donna G. Storey - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
"Midori by Moonlight" is a thoroughly delectable read, with a charmingly feisty heroine and plenty of mystery and romance-lost-then-found. As a recovering "hen na gaijin," I found the portrayals of Japan-loving Americans especially apt and amusing. Wendy Nelson Tokunaga writes with enviable lightness and humor, but she also touches on more profound issues underlying all of our yearnings for a place in the world to call home. Treat yourself to a good read, then plan on a trip to your favorite pastry shop afterwards--the fabulous foodie descriptions of Midori's adventures in baking are bound to make your mouth water!
5つ星のうち HASH(0x9982f774) A very well-written story 2008/1/26
投稿者 Armchair Interviews - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
Chick lit has traditionally (if you can say that about a genre less than 20 years old!) portrayed a white woman living in New York/London fumbling through her love life while working in the publishing/fashion industry. Wendy Tokunaga's novel, Midori by Moonlight bursts forth as a leader and shining example of an emerging subgenre, multicultural chick lit. A modern tale with a hint of green tea and wasabi, this novel carries readers on a fast-paced journey they won't want to end.

Midori is a Japanese woman brought to the United States by her American fiancé who promptly dumps her for an old flame less than a week after her arrival. What Midori lacks in English language skill, she more than makes up in gumption and a quirkiness that draws people to her. Having never felt as if she really fit into traditional Japanese culture, she sets out to make a life for herself in the US while the clock ticks away on her fiancée visa.

What makes this novel really stand out is the attention to detail that enlivens the characters and brings to light idiosyncrasies of both American and Japanese cultures. Readers familiar with contemporary Japan will smile at references such as the "Engrish" business name "Let's English" and describing unmarried Japanese women as Christmas cakes. Even Midori's fascination with beautiful baked sweets highlights a subtle Japanese trait. Midori maintains many Japanese characteristics, photographing and documenting desserts in a journal for example, while expressing parts of herself that feel much more American - her independent spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes to earn a living. Side characters such as Damian and Tracy portray the many American fascinations with and distortions of Japanese culture. While glimpses are seen through the character Akina, additional description of modern Japanese women living in Japan would have created a stronger foil for Midori's independent spirit, further revealing how she truly is caught between two cultures.

More than just a story about Japanese and American cultures, Midori by Moonlight is a story of expressing your true self to find your own path in the world. Tokunaga creates an endearing character in Midori that readers will root for, laugh with and love to befriend over cup of green tea and a decadent slice of cake.

Armchair Interviews says: Interesting characters make this book special.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x96d2a8e8) Delight by Moonlight 2009/9/9
投稿者 Patricia V. Davis (Volonakis) - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
Though Midori by Moonlight was published in 2007, I only just discovered this book a few months ago, and I'm delighted that I did.

Midori by Moonlight is categorized as `chick-lit', which is a term "used to denote a genre of women's fiction written for and marketed primarily to single, working women in their 20's and 30's in the post-feminist era." And while it does fit those parameters, this extremely well-crafted novel is so much more, and can be enjoyed by so many other readers besides by those to whom `chick lit' is generally marketed.

The author, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, (an American who has spent much time in Japan, and is married to the Japanese-born musician, Manabu Tokunaga) weaves many noteworthy aspects of both the Japanese culture and the American into the plot, such as the personal restrictions inherent in Japanese society, the American penchant for regarding foreign societies in general terms of either "wonderful and unique" or "backward", and a number of other aspects of both cultures that we would all do well to examine for their drawbacks. But she does all this with such a finesse and lack of moralizing, that readers might never become aware that this element of keen observation is subtly added to the straight-forward plot in the same way as one of the carefully chosen ingredients is flavored into the main character's delicious home-made cakes.

As I observed in my review of Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells, I wonder if it takes another writer to fully understand that the more simply-written and the more easily read a work appears to be, the more difficult it actually was to create. Midori by Moonlight also clearly fits into that category. All in all, great fun but very intelligent read.

Review by Patricia Volonakis Davis, author of Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece
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