HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, my debut novel, is out now. Set in post-war Japan and in contemporary San Diego, it's the tale of a Japanese war bride and her bi-racial American daughter. My own mother had a Japanese-English "guidebook" called THE AMERICAN WAY OF HOUSEKEEPING which inspired the concept and title. She told me many stories of what it was like growing up in the Japanese countryside, and coming of age in a wrecked land, which helped inform the novel.
My second novel, THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS, will be published in spring 2012 by Putnam Books.
I live in San Diego with my husband and three kids.
How to Be an American Housewife, Putnam, August 2010; Berkley 2011
The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, Putnam 2012
Dan Lazar, Writers House
Berkley Books (paperback)
I was never the most naturally athletic person, but I love tennis and trying out new sports with my husband. Our family also enjoys hiking. At home, I like making crafts, knitting, and trying out new recipes.
Habitat for Humanity
American Heart Association
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