I know for a fact, having met the San Fransisco Chronicle book review editor in 1992 or so, in Rome (he was wearing avant garde trapezoid glasses) that they are incredibly picky when it comes to who they review and why. So, this review, coming from that paper, should speak very, very loudly.
Tokunaga suffuses the book with warmth and lightness .....Just as the right dessert hits the spot, reading this delicious slice of escapism makes for a perfect afternoon. But instead of suffering a sugar crash afterward, you'll muse for days about the characters you've left behind and why they matter so much to you.
—San Francisco Chronicle
Also, of course, there is the cool factor of anyone who lives in San Fransisco and manages to get anything done other than walk around eating and drinking. Ooh, did I mention there seems to be some eating going on? What's not to like about that?
Here's the cover and and then I'll post Wendy's answers to our questions.
“[Midori by Moonlight] draws upon vivid imagery when defining traits of Japanese culture and really hits the nail on the head when depicting some American attitudes toward others.... witty and charming."
“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.