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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library JEA (Text) 33500013636485 New Checked out 08/23/2022
Moorhead Public Library JEA (Text) 33500013636493 New Checked out 08/24/2022

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  • ISBN: 9780063215689
  • ISBN: 0063215683
  • Physical Description: 370 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2022]

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Getting to know Penny, the daughter she placed for adoption sixteen years ago, thirty -five-year-old Mika Suzuki finds unexpected love with Penny's widowed father and finally has a chance to have the life and family she's always wanted until her deceptions catch up with her.
At thirty-five, Mika Suzuki’s life is a mess. Her last relationship ended in flames. Her roommate-slash-best friend might be a hoarder. She’s a perpetual disappointment to her traditional Japanese parents. And, most recently, she’s been fired from her latest dead-end job. Mika is at her lowest point when she receives a phone call from Penny—the daughter she placed for adoption sixteen years ago. Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her birth mother, and in turn, Mika longs to be someone Penny is proud of. Faced with her own inadequacies, Mika embellishes a fact about her life. What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life, one where Mika is mature, put-together, successful in love and her career. The details of Mika’s life might be an illusion, but everything she shares with curious, headstrong Penny is real: her hopes, dreams, flaws, and Japanese heritage. The harder-won heart belongs to Thomas Calvin, Penny’s adoptive widower father. What starts as a rocky, contentious relationship slowly blossoms into a friendship and, over time, something more. But can Mika really have it all—love, her daughter, the life she’s always wanted? Or will Mika’s deceptions ultimately catch up to her? In the end, Mika must face the truth—about herself, her family, and her past—and answer the question, just who is Mika in real life?

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 July #1
    In her first foray into adult fiction, Jean introduces the reader to Mika Suzuki. Mika is 35 and not exactly living her dreams. She's just been fired, her roommate might be a hoarder, her last boyfriend hates her, and her relationship with her mother is chilly at best. The last thing Mika is expecting is a call from the daughter she gave up for adoption 16 years before. Penny, now a teenager and excited to learn about her own heritage as a Japanese American, steps into Mika's messy life. Mika must reevaluate all the decisions that have led her here and reexamine the dreams she abandoned. Her attempts to impress her daughter (and her daughter's adoptive father, Thomas) are sometimes clumsy but ultimately successful. Mika, though, is uncertain she deserves all she wants—love, romance, and a relationship with her daughter. Jean (Tokyo Ever After, 2021) sets her novel within the Asian American community of Portland, Oregon. Her characters are modern and honest, and the romance is realistic. Smart, funny, and affecting. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Widowers > Fiction.
Adoptees > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Motherhood > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Deception > Fiction.
Japanese Americans > Fiction.
Genre: Romance fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Humorous fiction.

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