- Author Bio
Set in 1999 Japan, Satellite Love is a heartbreaking and beautifully unconventional debut novel about a girl, a boy, and a satellite—and a bittersweet meditation on loneliness, alienation, and what it means to be human.
On the eve of the new millennium, in a city in southern Japan that progress has forgotten, sixteen-year-old Anna Obata looks to the stars for solace. An outcast at school, and left to fend for herself and care for her increasingly senile grandfather at home, Anna copes with her loneliness by searching the night sky for answers. But everything changes the evening the Low Earth Orbit satellite (LEO for short) returns her gaze and sees her as no one else has before.
After Leo is called down to Earth, he embarks on an extraordinary journey to understand his own humanity as well as the fragile mind of the young woman who called him into being. As Anna withdraws further into her own mysterious plans, he will be forced to question the limits of his devotion and the lengths he will go to protect her.
Full of surprising imaginative leaps and yet grounded by a profound understanding of the human heart, Satellite Love is a brilliant and deeply moving meditation on loneliness, faith, and the yearning for meaning and connection. It is an unforgettable story about the indomitable power of the imagination and the mind’s ability to heal itself, no matter the cost, no matter the odds.
Story Locale: Japan
AUDIENCE: For readers of novels about captivating nonconformist outsiders and the universal desire to overcome loneliness, such as Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi; fans of Jomny Sun’s everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too as well as of Karen Russell, Heather O’Neill, Neil Smith, Karen Thompson Walker, and Shaun Tan. For viewers of Her, Wall-E, and The Good Place.
UNIVERSALLY RESONANT STORY ABOUT THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: Though steeped in the world of 1999 Japan, the novel’s sensitive handling of such themes as mental illness, dementia, social isolation, and loneliness speaks urgently to our current moment and the wave of disconnection that many of us feel despite living in a world of constant connection.
A MOVING MEDITATION ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN: Leo follows in the footsteps of the more-real-than-real “non-humans” of Bladerunner, Westworld, Never Let Me Go, and The Good Place.
JAPANMANIA: The buildup to the Tokyo Summer Olympics (now rescheduled for July 2021) will likely lead to a spike in interest in all things Japanese.
Marketing: US Plans:
Wide ARC distribution (eGalleys available)
Goodreads promotion (pre-publication)
Social media campaign targeting fans of Reese Witherspoon’s book club authors
Pitch for reviews in trade outlets including PW, Booklist, and Kirkus
National review mailing to book editors at outlets such as New York Times, LA Times, People.com and AP
Author Social Media: @genki_ferguson
“Satellite Love is one of those rare and affecting novels that will leave you breathless, charmed, and deeply thoughtful. A beautiful rumination on sentience, imagination, impermanence and friendship, Genki Ferguson has written a story that lives on the precarious and satisfying edge of melancholy and exuberance.” — Ruth Ozeki, author A Tale for the Time Being