Saint Mary's College English professor Marilyn Abildskov and her new memoir, "The Men in My Country" was the focus of an article in the Contra Costa Sun.

Abildskov's book recounts the three years she spent living in Japan a decade ago and the love affair she developed with that country.

Valerie Sullivan, one of her graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts Program in nonfiction writing at Saint Mary's, was quoted in the article saying she's privileged to be working with Abildskov.

"Marilyn's one of those incredible people who's talented both as a writer and a teacher," says Sullivan. "She's wonderful in class, generous with both her time and her insights. "The Men in My Country" is testament to all she's tried to teach us about the power of language and story. It's a funny, sad, beautiful and moving account of a woman living alone and teaching in Japan. And it's filled with the kind of finely tuned and sensitive observation and imagery that I struggle to put to the page every day."

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