Sayonara Bar

Susan Barker

St. Martin's Griffin

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At the center of the story is, Mary, a graduate student from England who has taken a job at a hostess lounge in Osaka, Japan, so that she can earn money to travel the globe. Unfortunately, she has fallen in love with Yuji, Mama-san’s son, who has an uneasy alliance with the Yakuza.  Watanabe, a somewhat diffident cook, who works at the Sayonara Bar, has also taken an interest in Mary, and supposedly he can see into a fourth dimension, a manga-infused dimension which allows to see danger before it happens.  And then there is Mr. Sato who has become a regular at Sayonara Bar, as he tries to escape his wife’s ghost.  When Yuji crosses the Yakuza, it has dire consequences for them all, and their lives become irrevocably intertwined in this wonderfully imagined debut novel.

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Praise for Sayonara Bar

"An enigmatic yet riveting climax brings this highly unusual view of Japanese society to a fitting close."  - Publishers Weekly
"Dry humor and crisp observation." -Literary Review
"A stunningly eclectic debut.  Original, often perplexing, always intriguing...a showpiece of breathtaking new talent." -Daily Record
"Sayonara Bar is a cocktail of astringent cultural observations, genres stirred and shaken, subplots served with a twist." -Time Magazine (Europe)

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Susan Barker

Susan Barker was born in 1978.  She graduated from Leeds University and taught English in Japan for two years before returning to the U.K.  She lives in East London. 

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Sayonara Bar
Susan Barker

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312362102
ISBN10: 0312362102
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 432 pages, Includes 3 black-and-white illustrations
$22.99
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