Shizuka Nishino, a young Japanese artist, is starving herself in a grotty Harlem apartment. When you've got love, who needs food?
But her brother's girlfriend, an American ex-artist currently teaching English in Japan, thinks she knows the score. Her quest to save Shizuka's life brings the conflict between the two women to a head, and reveals the true cost of throwing away your dreams.
“Let me get this straight,” said my boyfriend. “You think my sister’s lying to us.”
In Japanese it was “telling lies,” which sounded worse to me somehow than the English. But I stuck to my analysis. “I think she’s crying out for help.”
“Even though she says everything’s going fine?”
I said, “Well, can you really imagine her saying, ‘By...