13th Annual Community Reads with book cover of Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean. Yellow and purple background with woman turning her head back.
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Join us for our 13th annual Community Reads event. This fall, seven area libraries (Commerce, Lyon Township, Northville, Novi, Salem-South Lyon, Walled Lake and Wixom) encourage our readers to check out a copy of Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean. This great multi-community event brings neighboring libraries together to strengthen community ties and promote literacy. To learn more, please visit nlacommunityreads.weebly.com

Copies of the book are available on the New Book shelves. eBook and eAudio copies are also available with no holds on Hoopla.


Emiko Jean is the author of Tokyo Ever AfterEmpress of all Seasons, and We'll Never be Apart. When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain. You may find her at emikojean.com or on Instagram at emikojeanbooks.


New York Times bestselling author Emiko Jean writes a whip-smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and utterly heartwarming novel.

Mika is at her lowest point when she receives a phone call from Penny—the daughter she placed for adoption sixteen years ago. Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her birth mother, and in turn, Mika longs to be someone Penny is proud of. Faced with her own inadequacies, Mika embellishes a fact about her life. What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life, one where Mika is mature, put-together, and successful in love and her career. 

The details of Mika’s life might be an illusion, but everything she shares with curious, headstrong Penny is real: her hopes, dreams, flaws, and Japanese heritage. The harder-won heart belongs to Thomas Calvin, Penny’s adoptive widower father. What starts as a rocky, contentious relationship slowly blossoms into a friendship and, over time, something more. But can Mika really have it all—love, her daughter, the life she’s always wanted? Or will Mika’s deceptions ultimately catch up to her? In the end, Mika must face the truth—about herself, her family, and her past—and answer the question, just who is Mika in real life? 

Mika in Real Life is at once a heart-wrenching and uplifting novel that explores the weight of silence, the secrets we keep, and what it means to be a mother.


Books & Brews Book Discussion
Tuesday, October 10 | 7 PM 
At the Drafting Table

Going Beyond the Basics of Your Genealogy Research
Tuesday, October 17 | 6:30 PM

Meet the Author 
Tuesday, October 24 | 7 p.m. | Novi Public Library 
A presentation and discussion by author Emiko Jean followed by a book signing. Registration is required on the Novi Public Library website. Register here