AP journalist Shiloh P. Jacobs loves her life in Tokyo, her best friend and co-worker Kyoka, and her Argentinian fiance, Carlos. So she spends a bit too much on her credit cards. So Carlos has a new female (but apparently platonic) roommate. So Shiloh forgot to interview the prime minister’s wife before the lady left on vacation, and the article is due. So she copied information from an older article she found on the internet…
Then Shiloh’s estranged mother dies in Virginia and Shiloh finds herself in the unfamiliar American South to settle affairs. The people are nice, but strange, and Shiloh could say the same about the food.
When Shiloh’s links to Japan are brutally severed, how will she manage? Will she accept the South or keep fighting for the Far East? And…can someone really deep fry sushi? (Inquiring minds want to know!)
Southern Fried Sushi is a cross-cultural tale that sings with authenticity. Shiloh’s deep love for Japan–and her longing to return to Japan when in the South–spoke to me about what makes a place a true home. What makes a person pack up and move halfway around the world? How does a wanderer know when they’ve found a place to belong, a place to put down roots, a place to cling to with all their being?
Take a look at that cover! Isn’t it great? I love the blend of cowboy boots and the Japanese fan. The colors are so fresh and I could really ‘get’ the first-person pov straight from the image presented. Looking forward to the second book in the series!
Jennifer Rogers Spinola lives in Brasilia, Brazil, with her Brazilian husband, Athos, and two-year-old son, Ethan. She teaches ESL private classes and is the author of Barbour Books’ “Southern Fried Sushi” series and an upcoming romance novella collection based on Yellowstone National Park (also with Barbour Books). Jenny is an advocate for adoption and loves the outdoors, photography, writing, and camping. She has previously served as a missionary to Japan, a middle- and high-school teacher, and National Park Service volunteer. Jenny has a B.A. in English/journalism from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.