Turning Japanese

Cathy Yardley

St. Martin's Griffin

The Devil Wears Prada meets Lost in Translation in this irresistible new novel from L. A. Woman author Cathy Yardley

Meet Lisa Falloya, an aspiring half-Japanese, half-Italian American manga artist who follows her bliss by moving to Tokyo to draw the Japanese-style comics she's been reading for years. Leaving behind the comforts of a humdrum desk job and her workaholic fiancée, Lisa has everything planned---right down to a room with a nice Japanese family---but hasn't taken into account that being half-Asian and enthusiastic isn't going to cut it. Faced with an exacting boss and a conniving “big fish” manga author, Lisa risks her wedding, her friends, and her fears for a shot at making it big.


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Chapter One

 "Hot Enough For You?"

 I had been minding my own business as I waited at the crosswalk, but this made me look over. The person—sort of—who asked the question was easily six foot two. His bald head was an ominous medley of red and black, with small horns scattered about. His eyes were blazing yellow. He had to weigh in at three hundred plus pounds, and his robes were thick, some rough weave, in a solid black. He was sweating profusely.

 "Sure is," I finally said, before getting jostled by a group of hobbits, with pointy ears and curly


Praise for Turning Japanese

“Sharp, wise, and original, Turning Japanese is a hilarious take on what it really means to be a hyphenated American in a foreign land - Cathy Yardley loses nothing in translation.”
- Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous

“Witty, endearing, and completely authentic . . . a whirlwind trip to the East. Cathy Yardley’s sharp and exacting portrayal of life as an American in Japan is genuine and insightful.”
- Cara Lockwood, author of I Do (But I Don’t) and Dixieland Sushi

“Chipper…Yardley doesn’t take the obvious ways out. Lisa’s trip to confidence and assertiveness has plenty of girl power verve.”
- Publishers Weekly

“A smart, funny, and insightful novel about finding yourself (literally and theoretically!) halfway across the world. I loved accompanying Lisa to Japan.”
- Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date and Questions To Ask Before Marrying

“Adventurous, moving, and just plain fun.”
- Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes

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  • Cathy Yardley

  • Cathy Yardley is the author L.A. Woman, Couch World, and Will Write for Shoes. She has written eight romance novels for Harlequin and a forthcoming trilogy of romantic fairy tales for Avon Red. She lives in Oceanside, California.

  • Cathy Yardley © Linda Gossett Raderman
    Cathy Yardley


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Turning Japanese

Cathy Yardley



St. Martin's Griffin