From Samurai to Geishas: 4 Classic Novels In Which Japan Is The True Main Character

Barry Lancet's first mystery-thriller, Japantown, was the result of more than two decades living in Japan as an expat American. The novel was named Best Debut of the Year by Suspense Magazine, nominated for a Barry Award, and optioned for television by J. J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions. His next installment in the Jim Brodie series, Tokyo Kill, is already receiving similar recognition and praise. We asked Lancet to recommend some other works set in the Land of the Rising Sun. Here’s what he said:


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My Unbelievable Childhood With A Scary Mom

When it comes to scary mommies, Joan Crawford has absolutely nothing on Georgeann Rea.   Chanel Bonfire is the memoir of spirited and resilient Wendy Lawless, daughter of a narcissistic, boozy, pill-popping mother, Georgeann Rea. She terrorizes and emotionally abuses her children throughout their formative years until they finally decide to stop taking…

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