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An American Love Song in Survival Japanese

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic


When Gordy flees America and the War in Vietnam and takes a job as an English teacher in the Tokyo of the 1960s, he finds he gets a lot more than a mere hourly wage.



[NOTE: Cover relief sculpture "Together" and photo by relief-sculpture artist Kimiko Aso, Kyoto, Japan. And since she just happens to be my wife, I obviously have her permission to use both. But
YOU DON'T!!! -- kw]



[NOTE ABOUT THE CURRENT VERSION: Due to slight changes I've made in the content, I'd like to call this 'ver. 1.1' but can't because the editing software requires a whole number and this version
certainly does not qualify as a 'ver. 2'. The main difference is that now it has cover artwork done by my wife. Other than that it's basically the same as the original ver. 1. So if you've read
that, don't worry you've already read the whole story. But if you care to read it again (I hope, I hope, I hope!), I'd be interested to know if you can find any of the changes. -- kw]

Table of Contents

PART I: MARIKO AND ME, Chapter 1

Submitted: November 07, 2014


When Gordy flees America and the War in Vietnam and takes a job as an English teacher in the Tokyo of the 1960s, he finds he gets a lot more than a mere hourly wage.
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Chapter 2

Submitted: November 07, 2014

  Chapter Two   Two professional singers strutted around the coffee house's tiny spotlighted stage leading the audi... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: November 09, 2014

  Chapter Three   “Mariko, let's have a church wedding. After all I'm an American." "Yes, Gordy." Click. Mari... Read Chapter

PART II: BOB AND ME, Chapter 4

Submitted: November 18, 2014

PART II:  BOB AND ME (AND MARIKO OF COURSE)     Chapter Four   Tokyo, late 1980s   ... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: November 18, 2014

    Chapter Five   Bob had ballooned fifty kilos and went PUMP-PUMP-PUMP! on my hand and WHAM!WHAM!WHAM! o... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: November 18, 2014

    Chapter Six   When I came downstairs the next morning I found the fusuma into Naomi's room slid aside ... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: November 20, 2014

  Chapter Seven   As I expectantly stepped into our genkan entranceway, Mariko came out to the stoop wearing her ap... Read Chapter

PART III: MARIKO AND ME AGAIN, Chapter 8

Submitted: November 20, 2014

PART III:  MARIKO AND ME AGAIN     Chapter Eight   "WHERE IS THAT GOD DAMNED BOOK, MARIKO?" I sho... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: November 20, 2014

  Chapter Nine   And that's how my cherry blossom season started that year during one of the coldest Februaries on ... Read Chapter

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