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Kim Hooper is the author of PEOPLE WHO KNEW ME, hailed as "refreshingly raw and honest" by the Wall Street Journal. CHERRY BLOSSOMS is her second novel. She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and a collection of pets.
"Hooper gives familiar themes of loss and redemption fresh and inviting life in her entertaining second novel. Jonathan Krause, a copywriter in Los Angeles whose girlfriend, Sara, just left him, has decided to kill himself. He just has to mark off a few to-dos first; paramount among them is taking the trip to Japan he had planned to take with her. Hooper maneuvers the narrative nimbly among Jonathan's preparations for his trip and his suicide, his meditations on and research into Japanese culture, and his reflections back on his relationship with Sara. After revealing the trajectory of Jonathan and Sara's relationship with tantalizing languor, the narrative gains momentum when Jonathan meets Riko in his Japanese language class. Riko has her own plans and connection to Japan, and their friendship provides a contrasting element of optimism to Jonathan's dark intentions... Readers will enjoy riding alongside this vivid protagonist to the end." - Publishers Weekly