When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, she suffers from an unusual but real condition -- the loss of her native language. Speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life, she leaves for Japan. There, to Hanne's shock, the Japanese novelist whose work she recently translated confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work.
Reeling, Hanne 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, volatile relationship, Hanne is forced to reexamine how she has lived her life, including her estranged relationship with her daughter. In elegant and understated prose, Nina Schuyler offers a deeply moving and mesmerizing story about language, love, and the transcendence of family.
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.