The Baseball Widow


Product Details

Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.64 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Kamata is the author A Girls' Guide to the Islands, as well as of the award-winning young adult novel Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible, and it's sequel Indigo Girl. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Tokushima, Japan, with her family, and teaches EFL at Tokushima University. Suzanne holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia.


"Kamata's prose is direct and elegant. ...three characters navigate love, baseball, and the cultural space between the United States and Japan ... sections are particularly engrossing, as they explore the everyday life of an immigrant in Japan with a Japanese family and the experience of raising a disabled child with little help from an absent spouse. depiction of the world of Japanese baseball will be fun for those who are unfamiliar." -Kirkus Reviews

"In The Baseball Widow, Suzanne Kamata deftly offers both an insider's and an outsider's view of Japan. Through a diverse group of characters brought together by Japan's passion for baseball, she explores identity, the loss of idealism, and the ragged beauties to be found in that loss." -Annabel Lyon, Author of Consent

"Suzanne Kamata's The Baseball Widow embeds her readers in the thorny lives of Japanese high-school baseball coaches and bicultural families with even-handed compassion and insight. Kamata is a dazzling, deeply empathetic writer." -Kevin Chong, Author of The Plague and My Year of the Racehorse

"Suzanne Kamata has penned yet another compelling page-turner about life and love in Japan, telling it like it is, with details and background I can vouch for as a fellow ex-pat." -Wendy Jones Nakanishi, a.k.a. Lea O'Harra, Author of Lady First (An Inspector Inoue Mystery)

"The Baseball Widow will have you turning pages to the point that the people around you will experience "book widow"-like symptoms! Through rich, complex characters and wildly unique yet realistic circumstances, Suzanne Kamata successfully introduces readers to a version of Japan unlike any they may have previously heard about. If Koshien is a must-see ballpark (and it is), then The Baseball Widow is a must-read novel!" -Trevor Raichura, Hanshin Tigers English News

"Suzanne Kamata hits a homer. Well-worth perusing, The Baseball Widow is disturbing and engaging in its exploration of themes of being a stranger in a strange land then not being able to go home again. The writing is crisp and the many chapters from the points of view of the Japanese characters are on the money all the way through to the duty-bound end." -Eric Madeen, Author of Water Drumming in the Soul: A Novel of Racy Love in the Heart of Africa and Asian Trail Mix: True Tales from Borneo to Japan