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Midori by Moonlight [ペーパーバック]

Wendy Nelson Tokunaga
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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, 英語, 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
  • おすすめ度: 5つ星のうち 3.0  レビューをすべて見る (1 件のカスタマーレビュー)
  • Amazon ベストセラー商品ランキング: 洋書 - 383,440位 (洋書のベストセラーを見る)
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5つ星のうち 3.0 読みやすい英語の軽い物語 2008/4/21
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Delight by Moonlight 2009/9/9
投稿者 Patricia V. Davis (Volonakis) - (
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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5つ星のうち 5.0 From S. Krishna's Books 2009/1/26
投稿者 skrishna - (
I've heard a lot that chick lit is "finished" - the storylines are the same, the characters are non-descript, and no one really has any interest in it anymore. Whether Midori by Moonlight is an exception to that rule or proof that it's patently untrue, I'm not sure; but I can definitely say that this slim chick lit novel is the most fun I've had in recent memory while reading a book.

Midori is a feisty heroine whom the reader can't help but root for. She struggles with her English - while her knowledge of the language is passable, it's the idioms she has trouble with. Her misuse of colloquial phrases is an endless source of amusement in the novel. Midori is also determined and a very strong character, though she doesn't realize it. It takes courage to leave everything you know behind and forge a new life in a foreign country, and even more courage to stay there when all the circumstance change. Everything and everyone is telling Midori to return to Japan, but she refuses; her strength shines through.

I also loved the multicultural aspects of this novel. It was interesting to learn more about Japanese culture, especially with regard to how they look at young women. It seemed to be similar to Indian culture in that respect. While I think culture is important, I admired Midori for standing up to convention and forging her own path.

I loved Midori by Moonlight. Midori isn't your usual heroine; she's unsure of herself and lives in the moment. She doesn't think she's brave or courageous. She just knows she can't return to Japan and has to make her American experience work. If you pick up this novel, plan on devouring it in one sitting. It's a great book that I can't recommend highly enough, even for those who don't usually enjoy chick lit.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Amazing Book, Very Cool Read 2009/9/20
投稿者 J. Woolston - (
This book is a great tale for chick lit fans and general readers alike! Midori is a plucky heroine, trying to find herself in the USA after being jilted by her fiance. She has no green card, no money, and is afraid to tell her parents about the failed engagement. So..she must find a job (illegally), a home, and a life. Of course, her identity is most important as well. Loved everything about it!

Loved the text! Highly recommend it!
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5つ星のうち 4.0 A Delightful Story 2007/10/1
投稿者 David Satre - (
A delightful story, humorous and chock full of delicious descriptions of Midori's pastries. It provides real insight to the tribulations of moving to a new culture and it's a quick read -- an ideal way to spend a weekend of reading.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 From under the table to frosting on the cake 2011/1/30
投稿者 Linda Austin - MoonbridgeBooks - (
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.
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