We narrowly missed Princess Masako’s (er, Prince Naruhito’s) motorcade on Friday. There were policemen at every corner when I went to pick up Lilia at the deaf school, and also clusters of on-lookers, preparing to wave their little Japanese flags.
Princess Masako has made the front page of the newspaper two days in a row. She looks well, in her beige pantsuits, with her Chanel handbag, but it’s hard to tell her state of mind. This is her first public appearance in five months.
Speaking of princesses, I was both intrigued and dismayed to learn that John Burnham Schwartz has a new novel coming out. The novel, entitled The Commoner, is inspired by the life of Empress Michiko, who has had many stress-related health problems of her own. There is also a Masako-type princess in the story. The book got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. It’ s going to be published in January, the same month as my novel, Losing Kei. Of course I’m going to read it, but this book has obliterated any slim chance I had of having my own novel mentioned in Vogue, Vanity Fair, etc. There’ s no way they would mention two novels about Japan in one issue, and Schwartz, who has already published three novels, one of which has been made into a major motion picture, and who writes features for Vogue and is obivously well-connected, will get all the ink.