Mary, a blond graduate from England, has drifted into a job in a hostess lounge in Osaka. She and other â€˜economy geishasâ€™ are employed by the enigmatic Mama san to spend their evenings flirting with rich Japanese salarymen, playing drinking games and taking turns in the karaoke booth. Mary is in love with Yuji, Mama sanâ€™s handsome son. But Yujiâ€™s loyalty is to the petty Yakuza gangster for whom he works.
Watanabe, the introverted cook, watches Mary from The Sayonara Barâ€™s kitchen. He exists in his own manga-fuelled fantasy of the fourth dimension, and believes he can see into other peopleâ€™s souls, as well as into the gurgling viscera of their bodies. When he perceives the danger of Maryâ€™s growing obsession with Yuji, he resolves to protect her whatever the cost.
Mr Sato works for the Daiwa Trading Corporation. Obsessive overwork cannot cover the emptiness of his solitary life. Lured against his will to The Sayonara Bar by his boss, he finds himself returning there to escape his dead wifeâ€™s ghost. Edgy, sly, and often very funny, SAYONARA BAR spins a kaleidoscopic, genre-crossing tale of people cut adrift in a shrinking, globalized world.
'With dry humour and crisp observation, Barker conveys the inner chaos masked by the external regimens of a society where intimacy is contrived, and loyalty is strained. Japan has not, for a long time, been made to seem so accessible, or so remote.'
'Neat suspense ... These three narratives blend into an unusual but satisfying whole.'
'Sayonara Bar is a showpiece of breathtaking new talent.'
Scottish Daily Record
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||2nd January 2006|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction,|
Susan Barker is twenty-five-years old, with a Chinese-Malay mother and an English father, and grew up in East London. She spent two years working in Japan after her graduation. She has just completed an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester University.More About Susan Barker