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After a succession of young adult novels, Shikoku-based writer Suzanne Kamata returns to adult fiction with “The Baseball Widow,” out from Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing on Oct. 5.

Kamata weaves multiple narratives throughout a cross-cultural study of Japan and the United States. Bicultural marriage, returnee struggles, teenage exploitation, culture shock, mental health and, of course, baseball, all converge in a gripping emotional conflict. Yet the book is also engaging as a look at everyday life in modern-day Japan, particularly in the nation’s demanding youth sports culture.

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