Readers To Follow A Japanese Woman’s American Dream

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‘Green Patches in the Snow’ stirs with a tale of ambitions and goals amid overwhelming culture

Paula Gold Chalef and Henrietta Isler, authors of the award-winning novel On Such Quiet Streets, team up once more to bring an engaging book bound to move readers. Released through Xlirbis, Green Patches in the Snow tells of an unforgettable tale propelled with drama, culture, and dreams.

Green Patches in the Snow follows the exploits of Fujiko, a Japanese woman whose disobedience to her father’s rigid and emotionally distanced adherence to tradition ultimately costs her the people dearest to her. With the revelation that brought shame on her family, she is forced to abandon her husband and infant, and move to San Francisco alone. Overwhelmed with separation and the daunting task of moving forward with life, Fujiko ventures into American society, to discover liberties that are unheard of in her home country and encounter the difficulties of living in a foreign place. Soon enough, she comes across prejudices against her native culture. Realizing that she harbors her own share of biases, she tries to redeem herself from the pain of being an outcast from her own culture. But can she do it?

Richly layered and dramatic, Green Patches in the Snow emphasizes the plight of the Burakumin – members of the outcast society of Japan who remain shunned and rejected even to this day. Through masterful storytelling, this release also shows the authors’ in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture and sharply points out its contrasts with American social norms.

This book will be featured at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit in Washington, DC, on June 25-28, 2010. Readers who wish to learn more about this book can log on to

About the Authors
Paula Gold Chalef, J.D. is a retired lawyer, as well as a sociologist. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for many years. Henrietta Isler, Ph.D. is a psychologist and privately practiced as a marriage and family therapist. She also taught at several universities, including West Point. Chalef and Isler co-authored and won first prize for fiction at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference in 1995 for On Such Quiet Streets. Green Patches in the Snow is their second authorial collaboration.

Green Patches in the Snow * by Paula Gold Chalef & Henrietta Isler
Publication Date: September 21, 2009
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 239 pages; 978-1-4415-4355-4

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