I recently had the pleasure of reading Cultivating a Fuji by Miriam Drori. This amazing novel, published by Crooked Cat Books, is an exploration of the potentially crippling effects of social anxiety disorder via an unlikely hero called Martin Carter. In it, the author delves deep into the psyche of the main character, laying him bare as we follow him through his difficult life.
Martin is a genius computer programmer destined to lead a lonely and frustrating life due to his disorder. Until, that is, he is sent to Japan by his employer, where he experiences an awakening.
Drori leads us back and fore through the years as we visit different episodes in his life, without ever losing us along the way. It is at times heartbreaking, painful and joyous, but never less than fascinating. In fact, it will make you question the way you may have treated people in the past.
From a difficult and challenging subject matter, Drori has crafted an intelligent, compelling and thoroughly enjoyable book, one that everyone would benefit from reading.