It’s free on (ugh) Amazon for the next few days, so if you happen to have some extra time….
Here’s a synopsis:
It Can’t Be Helped is the story of four people adrift on the fringes of Japanese society.
David is a young American working for a Japanese company, always aware that he doesn’t know the rules. Emiko is too old to be single, and too strange to fit in. Her signature look makes her stick out in a culture that believes “the nail that sticks up must be hammered down.” Her brother, Minoru, has been hiding in his bedroom for almost a decade. Mrs. Fujiwara has kept the household for her husband her entire adult life, but now he’s dead. Who is she now?
In modern Tokyo these four strangers will discover each other and, at last, connect.