LAWRENCE F. FARRAR
About the author
Lawrence F. Farrar spent seventeen years in Japan as a naval officer, graduate student, and diplomat (multiple tours). In his final Tokyo assignment, he served as the Embassy’s Minister for Political Affairs. In addition to postings in Germany and Norway, he also held Washington jobs such as Director of UN Political Affairs and Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. A Dartmouth graduate with a Stanford degree in Japanese studies, he also taught Japanese history at the university level. During government service, he traveled to thirty-five countries. Farrar says, “I spent a lot of time climbing in and out of airplanes in places I never heard of growing up in Minnesota. And I loved it. I have stories to share, so now I’m writing.”
Not surprisingly, many of his stories have a Japan setting or Japan connection. He says, “I am especially drawn to stories of people who find themselves running up against the cultural norms of a foreign society.” After years in the vineyards of government expository writing, he says creative writing has turned out to be a lot of fun. Farrar’s stories have appeared more than eighty times in literary magazines. Some examples: The MacGuffin, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Tampa Review, Big Muddy, Blue Lake Review, Zone 3, Main Street Rag, Straylight, Foreign Literary, Evening Street Review, Streetlight, New Plains Review, and other publications. In addition to producing more short fiction, he is busy revising a draft novel, also set in Japan. Farrar lives in Minnesota with his wife, Keiko.
SHORT STORY SELECTIONS
Blue Lake Review
Carl had just turned fifty-five and awaited promotion. Instead, he overheard fellow employees discuss the need for "older workers" like him to make way for younger people.
A SINGLE LOOP TRAIN
After years of waiting, the boy finally received an electric train. It was Christmas Eve.
KEEPING SCORE Streetlight Podcast (2015)
A man’s loss of a role in his bowling group means more to him than even he realizes.
A short story performed by Jennifer Sims.
Read the story online: Keeping Score by Lawrence Farrar
Haunted Waters Press (2021)
Laurie Kittredge, a waitress in a New Mexico roadside restaurant, appears to have received an inheritance for a kindness rendered to a down-and-out traveler. But, after a series of misfortunes, it looks as if she has only one more fleeting opportunity to claim her reward.
ONLY THE CICADAS WILL CRY
Evening Street Review (2021)
Soon after WWII, a Japanese exchange student evokes mixed reactions in a small Wisconsin town. Like the child in a Japanese folk song, the girl experiences utter loneliness. Mono no aware - the pathos of things.
Blood Orange Review (2019)
An American embassy in the early 1960s and the times they were a changing. Confronting a domineering ambassador’s wife, embassy spouses have some choices to make. If they assert their independence, what follows? A new role for spouses in the conduct of foreign relations. But tradition still has a strong grip. Now what?
A lonely San Diego bachelor opens the door of his house and finds a young woman standing there. She says her Japanese mother was his girlfriend 25 years before when he served at Yokota Air Force Base. She declares he is her father. Is she telling the truth? Perhaps he doesn’t care.