It s the early 1950s in Hawai i. A multi-generation Korean-American family crams into a house in the Coconut Grove suburb of windward O ahu, across the mountains from Honolulu. With too many in too small a space, dreams either shrink-to-fit or seek escape father recalls his wartime romance, sister-in-law Gloria yearns for a husband, son Ezra sows the seeds of homesickness even as he plots to leave home. Sandra Park s novella captures the pent-up desires of family and an endless fascination with strangers. House, island, world it s a story that sings like a radio tune, familiar to anyone struck by longing and homesickness.
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Sandra Park s fiction and poetry have appeared in the St. Petersburg Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, Five Fingers Review and in two anthologies, Honolulu Stories and Oakland Out Loud. Born and raised in Hawai i, she now lives in northern California.Review:
Park's modernist story If You Live in a Small House is an important and beautiful chronicle of American lives too little known to us. Park's stunning novella is capacious as is the story's tender heart. --Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires
The authenticity of Park's characters, their food, their clothes, their expressions, brings immigrant family life in Hawaii poetically alive. Most poignant is the father with his WWII memories and losing his friends to suicide missions, and his fear that his son will be sent to Korea to fight enemies who look like him. A compelling reading experience. --Kiana Davenport, author of Shark Dialogues and House of Many Gods
Completely avoiding the trappings of noisy, multigenerational family melodrama, this rich psychological narrative instead delves into the private longings of these characters. Beautifully told, If You Live in a Small House is the work of a truly gifted writer. --Chris McKinney, author of The Queen of Tears and Bolohead Row
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Book Description Mutual Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111566479274