In silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country. When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work. Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks out the inspiration for the author's novel a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate and intriguing relationship, Hanne begins to understand the masks she has worn in her life, just as the actor dons the masks that have made him a legend of Noh. The demons from her past and present begin to unfold and Hanne sets out to make amends in this searing and engrossing novel.
About the Author
Nina Schuyler received her B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Her stories have appeared in literary journals, including "Sojourn Literary Arts Journal" and "New Town". Her work has been nominated for Best New American Voices and the Wilner Award, and in 2001 she received the Bay Area Fiction Journal Award. Schuyler teaches writing at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and lives in Fairfax, California, with her husband and son. This is her first novel.
Kirsten Potter has won "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for her reading of "The Snowball" by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara". Her reading of "Madapple" by Christina Meldrum was a "Booklist" Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008.