Author: Jennifer Griffith
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle/ebook
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Book Source: Provided by Publisher
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Style: Humorous, easy feel-good style
Synopsis on Amazon
Buck Cooper is Texan, obese, and invisible to his colleagues. And to the voluptuous Allison Turner, the girl of his dreams, he is way below parr. Buck's entire life is about fitting in, a feat he's been struggling to achieve but has never succeeded. Until serendipity lands him in Japan. Right in the middle of a sumo match.
As his life takes a new turn in a country where being big can mean fame and fortune, Buck must embark on the most dangerous, yet adventurous ride of his life—to find the ultimate meaning of love and acceptance. Even if it means risking his life and giving up everything he has.
|Author Jennifer Griffith|
Jennifer Griffith manages to pen a humorous, engaging and heartfelt tale of someone of stature (okay—fat) without resorting to stereotypes and clichés. An even greater accomplishment, neither does she kowtow to political correctness and pretend that there are no differences between the obese and the svelt, East and West, male and female. To the contrary: Ms. Griffith approaches these very real issues with a deft hand and a kind heart and has the reader cheering for her unlikely hero from page one.
Buck's weight is an issue. A very big issue. However, she uses his mass to propel her plot and create challenges for Buck, not define his character. Buck is actually pretty likable with lots of hopes and dreams and disappointments. He has been raised a Texas gentleman (yes ma'am, no sir), loves and sacrifices for his parents, is always willing to lend a helping hand, and possesses a generous nature that the less-than-scrupulous tend to abuse. He's an avid sports fan and a brilliant statistician. He stands up for his beliefs and values his honor.
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Ms. Griffith gives Buck a hefty dose of action, peril, bigotry both at home and abroad, moral dilemmas and romantic quandaries. She gives him successes and failures big and small right up to the last page. Her in-depth exploration of the hidden world of sumo wrestling, its traditions, culture and scandals both intrigues and enlightens.
Ms. Griffth lived in Japan for eighteen months during her college years and this experience serves her well, as does her extensive research of the sport. She expertly crafts a world at the same time foreign and familiar. Through Buck Cooper, his family, his friends and his loves, she slices through the stereotypes and reveals how truly kindred are the Family of Man.
Bottom Line: Ms. Griffith's themes of the power of love, hope and personal worth resonate deeply in this mega-Cinderella story. Set against the fascinating backdrop of the Land of the Rising Sun, readers will enjoy time and again this heartfelt journey through the mundane and exotic.
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