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Gasa-Gasa Girl

(2005)
(The second book in the Mas Arai series)
A novel by

 
 
From the time she was a child, Mas Arai's daughter, Mari, was completely gasa-gasa - never sitting still, always on the go, getting into everything. And Mas, busy tending lawns, gambling, and struggling to put his Hiroshima past behind him, never had much time for the family he was trying to support. For years now, his resentful daughter has lived a continent away in New York City, and had a life he knew little about. But an anxious phone call from Mari asking for his help plunges the usually obstinate Mas into a series of startling situations from maneuvering in an unfamiliar city to making nice with his tall, blond son-in-law, Lloyd, to taking care of a sickly child…to finding a dead body in the rubble of a former koi pond.

The victim was Kazzy Ouchi, a half-Japanese millionaire who also happened to be Mari and Lloyd's boss. Stumbling onto the scene, Mas sees more amiss than the detectives do, but his instinct is to keep his mouth shut. Only when the case threatens his daughter and her family does Mas take action: patiently, stubbornly tugging at the end of a tangled, dangerous mystery. And as he does, he begins to lay bare a tragic secret on the dark side of an American dream.…

Both a riveting mystery and a powerful story of passionate relationships across a cultural divide, Gasa-Gasa Girl is a tale told with heart and wisdom: an unforgettable portrait of fathers, daughters, and other strangers.

[Starred Review] ”What makes this series unique is its flawed and honorable protagonist. … A fascinating insight into a complex and admirable man.”--Booklist

“The endearing, quietly dignified Mas, supported by a cast of spirited New Yorkers, as well as the distinctive Japanese-flavored prose, make this a memorable read.”--Publishers Weekly

“A compelling grasp of the Japanese American subculture … absolutely fascinating.”--Asian American Press

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Gasa-Gasa Girl (Mas Arai)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 0-440-24155-3 / 978-0-440-24155-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gasa-gasa Girl
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-59722-399-9 / 978-1-59722-399-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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March 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gasa-Gasa Girl (Mas Arai)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 0-385-33760-4 / 978-0-385-33760-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Gasa-Gasa Girl (Mas Arai)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-5226-6082-8 / 978-1-5226-6082-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Gasa-Gasa Girl
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Gasa-Gasa Girl
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March 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Gasa-Gasa Girl
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Kindle Editions

March 2005 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Gasa-Gasa Girl (Mas Arai Book 2)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Delta
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