Written by Miriam Drori
Convinced that his imperfect, solitary existence is the best it will ever be, Martin unexpectedly finds himself being sent to represent his company in Japan.
His colleagues think it’s a joke; his bosses are certain he will fail. What does Martin think? He simply does what he’s told. That’s how he’s survived up to now – by hiding his feelings.
Amazingly, in the land of strange rituals, sweet and juicy apples, and too much saké, Martin flourishes and achieves the impossible. But that’s only the beginning. Keeping up the momentum for change proves futile. So, too, is a return to what he had before. Is there a way forward, or should he put an end to the search now?
Gradually, as you’ll see when Martin looks back from near the end of his journey, life improves. There’s even a woman, Fiona, who brings her own baggage to the relationship, but brightens Martin’s days. And just when you think there can be no more surprises, another one pops up.
Throughout his life, people have laughed at ‘weirdo’ Martin; and you, as you read, will have plenty of opportunity to laugh, too. Go ahead, laugh away, but you’ll find that there’s also a serious side to all this…
A Beautiful Read!
What a beautiful book! This is a novel I will reflect on time and time again.
Martin has a first-class mind, but his social skills have never really fully developed. When his colleague suffers a broken leg, it puts the company in a spin; who else can possibly travel to Japan to demonstrate their computer system and secure a much needed order to save the business? Martin is really the only choice – but how will he cope with the travel, the culture, the language and the people? With no alternative, Martin sets off with no-one having any confidence in his success . . .
I was very attracted to this one by the title and the blurb; my daughter spent some considerable time in Japan and my grandchildren are Scottish/Japanese, so I am aware of the gentleness of the people there. My son-in-law was astonished at how we in the UK treat people with so called ‘issues’ – autism, for instance. Sufferers are highly prized employees in Japan due to their intelligence, diligence and ability. So, although Martin isn’t autistic, I wasn’t surprised at how he coped in Japan with his social anxiety. This is such an eye-opening read and one which demonstrates, yet again, the cruelty of children and the importance of education including anti-bullying strategies. But this isn’t a ‘preachy’ read; rather it is one of understanding and compassion, and it has brought another excellent author into my world. Extremely enjoyable, providing much food for thought and, in my humble opinion, no less than five stars will do it justice!
My thanks to publisher Crooked Cat Books for my copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. As always, all opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Tags: Up lit
- Format: 3book, paperback
- Size: 237 pages
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
- Publication Date: 15 May 2019
- Purchase Links: mybook.to/cultivatingafuji
Meet the Author
Miriam Drori has decided she’s in the fifth and best stage of her life, and she’s hoping it’ll last for ever. It’s the one in which she’s happiest and most settled and finally free to do what she wants. Miriam lives in a delightful house and garden in Jerusalem with her lovely husband and one of three children. She enjoys frequent trips around the world. She dances, hikes, reads and listens to music. And she’s realised that social anxiety is here to stay, so she might as well make friends with it. On top of that, she has moved away from computer programming and technical writing (although both of those provided interest in previous stages) and now spends her time editing and writing fiction. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE (currently unavailable), a romance with a difference set in Jerusalem, was published in 2014. THE WOMEN FRIENDS, co-written with Emma Rose Millar, is a series of novellas based on the famous painting by Gustav Klimt. SOCIAL ANXIETY REVEALED (non-fiction) provides a comprehensive description of social anxiety from many different viewpoints. CULTIVATING A FUJI takes the social anxiety theme into fiction, using humour to season a poignant story.
Amazon page: Author.to/MiriamDroriAtAmazon
Giveaway to Win copies of Neither Here No There and Social Anxiety Revealed (Open Internationally)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.