"keech writes confidently and evocatively, conjuring an authentic setting both rich with detail and a sense of atmosphere. this coming-of-age story set against 1969 tokyo, which touches both upon japan post-world war ii, and the vietnam war, proves fertile ground for emotional drama with hints of intrigue and romance." -BookLife Prize
"keech's book presents a post-world war ii tokyo that is no longer in lockstep with america, with new left, anti-war movements like the beheiren offering readers a view of japan in the 1970s many may not have considered. emiko is a strong, independent, and clever protagonist, using her wits to try to find her father and outsmart the radicals and criminals on the edges of this new, harsher world outside kitayama. ... a vivid and unusual era and setting help this wartime love story stand out." -Kirkus Reviews
Rea Keech has lived in Severna Park, Maryland, in the same house since 1980. He taught English in Iran from 1967 to 1969 and in Japan from 1969 to 1971. Uncertain Luck is his second novel set outside of the United States. The title refers to the vaguest prediction possible on an omikuji fortune paper that one gets at a Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple in Japan.