Deb Dana’s Summer Vacation to 16th-Century Japan

susanbookToday, friends, I have the honor of introducing our VERY LAST DEB LAUNCH. Yes, that’s right: Deb Susan’s engrossing debut, CLAWS OF THE CAT, comes out today, and it is the perfect (or should I say purrrfect) summer read!

For a lot of people, summer means travel and vacations, but if you’re me, and you have a four-month-old munchkin demanding your constant attention, exciting vacations aren’t exactly in the cards. And yet! No sooner had I cracked open CLAWS OF THE CAT than I was transported to 16th-century Japan and thrown into the complex and mysterious world of samurais, ninjas, and teahouses.

This book did what my favorite books do: it took me on a wild journey to a new and exotic place, and I never even needed to leave my couch. Deb Susan’s descriptions of 16th-century Kyoto are so rich and detailed that I felt as if I were standing beside Hiro and Father Mateo as they wandered the streets of the city, seeking clues in the murder of a samurai at a local teahouse. I cannot fathom the amount of research she must have done to create such a vivid and textured world. From the references to Japanese culture to the use of Japanese vocabulary (doshin, tokonoma, genpuku), the book transported me nearly 7,000 miles away — and I didn’t even need to deal with the TSA!

There were so many things I adored about this book (the relationship between Hiro and Father Mateo is perfect on so many levels), but given that I’m currently experiencing a bit of wanderlust, CLAWS OF THE CAT was the perfect antidote when a real trip to Japan is a far-off dream. So if you, like me, are looking to escape through a book this summer, I highly recommend you pick up a copy today!!

And don’t forget: in honor of her launch, Susan is giving away an amazing Ninja mug, a signed copy of the book, and a batch of delicious Ninja cookies (YUM)! To enter, just leave a comment below telling us where YOU would travel this summer if you could go anywhere!

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Deb Dana’s Summer Vacation to 16th-Century Japan

  1. If I could go anywhere this summer, I would travel in Japan, starting by Kyoto then I’ll go in Tokyo and maybe I’ll go to okinawa too because it’s a wonderful place. If I could I’ll visit all the beautiful places in Japan and everybody knows there is a lot of it. 😀

  2. This book had the same effect on me! I cannot wait to get back there with the next installment. It also made me want to watch Shogun. Anyone seen it? Is it any good?

    • I LOVED Shogun – I saw the miniseries and read the book several times. It’s one of my favorites. And thank you so much – I’m so glad you liked the book!!

  3. This book sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading it, whether I win or not (but hope I do!). I’d love to travel to Alaska this summer. Cool, remote, breathtaking. When I need my Alaska fix, I pull out The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and escape in its pages. 🙂

    • Thanks Jessica! Alaska sounds so wonderful – I’ve always wanted to go there. I loved THE SNOW CHILD and I have several nonfiction books about mountaineering in Alaska too. It seems like a dream vacation spot to me too!

  4. Yay Deb Susan! I hope by now the bubbly’s been cracked and consumed–and the next bottle opened!

    Hope your launch is everything you wished for and more! Congrats, Deb sister!!

    • Thank you Erika! My family was in town for a celebratory dinner and I signed some books for the shelf at the local B&N (they asked me to come sign a few!!). It was really exciting. Thank you so much for the support on what has been a truly amazing day!

  5. I’ll have to look in to this book for my wife. She loves arm chair travel books, so I think she’d really like this one. I bought her “One American Woman Fifty Italian Men” by Lynne Ashdown, http://lynneashdown.com/ and she loved it. With her birthday coming up another good book might be the perfect gift. Thanks for the post and idea.

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