The Japanese word gaijin means unwelcome foreigner. It's not profanity, but is sometimes a slur directed at non-Japanese people in Japan. My novel is called Gaijin... ======
About the Author
Sarah Z. Sleeper is an ex-journalist with an MFA in creative writing. This is her first novel. Her short story, "A Few Innocuous Lines," won an award from Writer's Digest. Her non-fction essay, "On Getting Vivian," was published in The Shanghai Literary Review. Her poetry was published in A Year in Ink, San Diego Poetry Annual and Painters & Poets, and exhibited at the Bellarmine Museum. In the recent past she was an editor at New Rivers Press, and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Mason's Road. She completed her MFA at Fairfeld University in 2012. Prior to that she had a twenty-five-year career as a business writer and technology reporter and won three journalism awards and a fellowship at the National Press Foundation.