Many congratulations to Lynn Jarrett of central Oklahoma in the US, and to Annie Ozawa of Yokohama, Japan: our two winners of the contest for signed, advanced reading copies of The Good Shufu! Copies will be on the way to both of you soon!
And many thanks to all 307 people who signed up to enter the blind drawing! I’m so touched by your interest in reading the book.
PS. Special thanks to Susan Blumberg-Kason (author of the book Good Chinese Wife) who withdrew from the drawing to increase other entrants’ chances, after she won a free copy of Shufu in the Goodreads giveaway contest.
So incredibly touched and honored by Barnes & Noble and their official announcement, through the publishing industry newsletter Shelf Awareness, of The Good Shufu as a Summer 2015 Discover Great New Writers Selection. They write,
The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World by Tracy Slater (Putnam, June 30). “Falling in love can be dizzying, dazzling, and disorienting all at once, but Tracy Slater took things one step farther when she fell in love with a Japanese businessman–whose English was on par with her Japanese–and upended her life as an academic in Boston to become a housewife in Osaka, Japan. Our readers are in love with this delightful, deft memoir about new beginnings and making one’s home.”
I’m also honored to share this distinction with the 11 other books and authors chosen, all listed here!
Big, big thanks to Tokyo Families Magazine for their profile of the The Good Shufu and for their interview with me about being in a cross-cultural, multilingual, and bi-continental marriage.
Even with a great divide among religions and races across the world, love works in wonderful ways. American freelance writer Tracy Slater, found love in Japan with a Japanese husband.
But their story is statistically rare.
According to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, interracial marriages make up about 1 in 30 marriages. Of marriages involving Japanese men, only a paltry 1% is with an American wife.
In an interview with Tracy about The Good Shufu (The Good Wife), a book she penned for release next month, she shares some of her personal experiences and views about being in a kokusai kekkon (international marriage).
How did you and your husband cross paths? What would you say the attraction was?
He did an executive MBA at the university in Boston where I taught writing, so that’s why we met. And the attraction, at least for me, was pretty immediate. On his end, he did try to avoid me a little at first, but he now claims that’s because he was scared I was going to make him speak English. So guess how that turned out. I write much more about all of this in the first few chapters of the book, so in the interest of not making my editor mad, I won’t divulge the whole story here! (laughter)
Read the full interview here.
Well, the free giveaway that I was running myself of the advanced reading copies of The Good Shufu, is now over, but I recently discovered that Goodreads is sponsoring their own giveaway of 25 free copies!
Here’s the info (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23398967-the-good-shufu), and good luck if you sign up!