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Title:
Seventeen syllables and other stories
Author:
Yamamoto, Hisaye.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Latham, NY : Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, [1988]

©1988
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780913175149

9780913175156
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In addition to the contents of the original volume, this edition brings back into print the following works: -- Death Rides the Rails to Poston-- Eucalyptus-- A Fire in Fontana-- Florentine Gardens


Summary

In addition to the contents of the original volume, this edition brings back into print the following works: -- Death Rides the Rails to Poston-- Eucalyptus-- A Fire in Fontana-- Florentine Gardens


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Hisaye Yamamoto, who was held with her family in an Arizona internment camp during World War II, has been writing for 40 years, but Kitchen Table is the first press to publish a collection of her work. These remarkable stories are written with the proportion and craft of the masters-- there are hints of Chekhov, Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, and Grace Paley. ``The Eskimo Connection'' tells of an unusual pen-pal relationship between a middle- aged poet and a young, mysterious Eskimo prisoner. In ``Wilshire Bus,'' set in postwar Los Angeles, a drunken racist tells a Chinese couple to go back where they came from, not knowing that their roots are thoroughly American. Each of the 15 short stories, written with the economy of haiku, is a treasure. A thorough introduction to the author is included, along with extensive notes and a bibliography. IMF.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Imbued with the serenity of authority, these stories ably conduct the reader through the Japanese experience in America, from the oil fields of Redondo Beach to the internment camps of WW II, through the lives of young and old as they confront American customs, manners and culture. Yamamoto's stories also depict the stained relationships between Japanese immigrants and the nisei (American-born Japanese). Yet the author does not confine herself to ethnic issues. In ``The High-Heeled Shoes: A Memoir,'' for example, the subtle forms of sexual harassment are delineated; a woman's obsession with expressing herself through the condensed poetry of haiku, and her husband's objections are explored in the title story. The inexplicable tragedies of everyday lifean inconsolable mourner, a desertion by a friend, the endless quest for an illusory prosperity (as in the stories ``The Brown House'' and ``Las Vegas Charley)are underscored by a forlorn nostalgia for a history and a culture that fails to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Yamamoto, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, makes a welcome American debut. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

Hisaye Yamamoto, who was held with her family in an Arizona internment camp during World War II, has been writing for 40 years, but Kitchen Table is the first press to publish a collection of her work. These remarkable stories are written with the proportion and craft of the masters-- there are hints of Chekhov, Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, and Grace Paley. ``The Eskimo Connection'' tells of an unusual pen-pal relationship between a middle- aged poet and a young, mysterious Eskimo prisoner. In ``Wilshire Bus,'' set in postwar Los Angeles, a drunken racist tells a Chinese couple to go back where they came from, not knowing that their roots are thoroughly American. Each of the 15 short stories, written with the economy of haiku, is a treasure. A thorough introduction to the author is included, along with extensive notes and a bibliography. IMF.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Imbued with the serenity of authority, these stories ably conduct the reader through the Japanese experience in America, from the oil fields of Redondo Beach to the internment camps of WW II, through the lives of young and old as they confront American customs, manners and culture. Yamamoto's stories also depict the stained relationships between Japanese immigrants and the nisei (American-born Japanese). Yet the author does not confine herself to ethnic issues. In ``The High-Heeled Shoes: A Memoir,'' for example, the subtle forms of sexual harassment are delineated; a woman's obsession with expressing herself through the condensed poetry of haiku, and her husband's objections are explored in the title story. The inexplicable tragedies of everyday lifean inconsolable mourner, a desertion by a friend, the endless quest for an illusory prosperity (as in the stories ``The Brown House'' and ``Las Vegas Charley)are underscored by a forlorn nostalgia for a history and a culture that fails to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Yamamoto, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, makes a welcome American debut. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved