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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Giveaway and Review of Nina Schuyler's The Translator: A Novel

Thank you WOW! Women on Writing and the lovely Jodi Webb for inviting me to be part of this book blog tour of The Translator: A Novel by Nina Schuyler.

Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

After having read The Translator, I feel like I have gained an entirely new perspective in regards to communication. This may have been a book about Hanne Schubert and her experiences, but in reading The Translator I feel compelled to learn more about communication and foreign culture. Nina Schuyler may be a newer author, but she does a wonderful job drawing the reader into the story. I felt an overall message of "don't be afraid to jump right in and embrace life" as Schuyler's eloquent writing style hit upon the reality of what Hanne Schubert was experiencing.

Here are some things I would tell others who may be interested in reading The Translator:

Great story line
Moved along at a comfortable pace
Well written
Believable characters
Excellent attention to detail


The Translator: A Novel begins with a misunderstanding in a Japanese-to-English book translation. The translator, Hanne Schubert, falls down a flight of stairs and suffers an unusual condition―the loss of her native language. Speaking only Japanese, she tries to fix the translation by reaching out to the author’s inspiration a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh Theater. Along the way she realizes that not only words can be mistranslated. Sometimes entire relationships, entire lives can be mistranslated.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Pegasus (August 15, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1605985856
ISBN-13: 978-1605985855

This book is available as a print book, e-book and audiobook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Book Giveaway Contest:
To win a copy of The Translator: A Novel, please enter using the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post. The giveaway contest closes this Friday, October 2nd at 12:00 AM EST. I will announce the winner the same day in the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!

About Nina Schuyler
Nina Schuyler's first novel, The Painting, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards. It was also selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books of 2004, and dubbed a “fearless debut” by MSNBC and a “great debut” by the Rocky M ountain News. It’s been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian.

Her short story, “The Bob Society,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems, short stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Santa Clara Review, Fugue, The Meadowland Review, The Battered Suitcase, and other literary journals. She reviews fiction for The Rumpus and The Children’s Book Review. She’s fiction editor at Able Muse.

She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree, earned a law degree at Hastings College of the Law and an MFA in fiction with an emphasis on poetry at San Francisco State University. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

Find out more about the author by visiting her online:
Twitter: @Nina_Schuyler

Keep up with the rest of this tour
----------Blog Tour Dates:

Friday, October 2 @ Words by Webb
Jodi shares five reasons she’s glad she read The Translator.

Monday, October 5 @ Vickie Miller
Konnichiwa! Read a review of The Translator: A Novel by Nina Schuyler and read a post about learning a foreign language in later life.

Wednesday, October 7 @ MC Simon Writes
Nina Schuyler, author of The Translator: A Novel, shares five things that might make you fall in love with Japan.

Thursday, October 8 @ Puddletown Reviews
Don't miss a review of The Translator: A Novel by award winning author Nina Schuyler.

Friday, October 9 @ Deal Sharing Aunt
Today you have two chances to win The Translator: A Novel and read an interview with the author Nina Schuyler.

Keep up with blog stops and giveaways in real time by following  on Twitter @WOWBlogTour.

Get Involved!
If you have a website or blog and would like to host one WOW!'s touring authors or schedule a tour of your own, please email

*****Book Giveaway Contest*****

Enter to win a copy of The Translator: A Novel! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter widget this Friday, October 2nd.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Crystal is a church musician, babywearing mama, business owner, active journaler, writer and
blogger, Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing, Publicist with Dream of Things Publishing, as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Reedsville, Wisconsin with her husband, four young children (Carmen 8, Andre 7, Breccan 2, and Delphine 7 months), two dogs, two rabbits, four little piggies, a handful of cats and kittens, and over 230 Holsteins.

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