By RODNEY D. BOAM
Jennifer Stewart Griffith returned to Weston last week to visit her mother and get some relief from the blazing Safford, Ariz. summer.
The Citizen had a chance to visit with her about her latest book, “Big in Japan.”
Griffith will be at The Preston Citizen bookstore for a book signing on July 27, from 2-4 p.m.
Drawing from her experience and knowledge as an LDS missionary who served in Japan, Griffith tells the story of a big Texan named Buck Cooper who ends up going to Japan with his parents.
Cooper is obese and invisible to his colleagues and to the girl of his dreams, he is way below parr. Buck’s entire life is about fitting in, a feat he is always trying to overcome.
His life takes a turn when attends a sumo match and gets called out of the audience to battle a veteran of the sumo sport. He wins and gets recruited to train for a sumo organization. The book chronicles his journey to find love and acceptance.
Griffith said the book is not based on anyone in particular, but is about a nobody wanting to become a somebody.
“I tried to take people on trip to Japan in their mind, writing fiction is not going to change anyone’s life, but I can give them an escape. I can take people to another place away from their day-to-day life,” she said.
The USU English graduate said, “It was so much fun to write and the plot is different enough readers will hopefully enjoy. A sumo wrestler and romance, it’s not like any book you’ve read.”
Preston will get the first peek at the book. It will be at The Preston Citizen bookstore even before the publishers launch their campaign promoting, “Big in Japan.”
Griffith found a new publisher for her fourth and newest work, Jolly Fish Press in Provo, Utah.
This story is sponsored by LaMont Automotive.
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