Chris McKinney The Queen of Tears

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The Queen of Tears

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"[McKinney] has a keen eye for details of places and people. The storyline is well developed. . . . McKinney is pitch-perfect on the social and racial climate of Hawaiians, Asians, immigrants, mixed-bloods, and whites (haoles). . . . The frequent dialogues are crisp and pointed and the sharply etched characters and often biting dialogue make The Queen of Tears a worthwhile read."-Korean Quarterly

"McKinney's portrait of a besieged woman within a multicultural, multigenerational family saga poignantly and powerfully dramatizes the troubles women face, the pan-Asian melting pot of Hawaiian culture, and the conflicts inherent in Americanization."-Booklist
"McKinney demonstrates a talent for restraint and tight pacing."-Publishers Weekly

By age fourteen she was on her own, fleeing the communists, a waif living in the streets of Seoul, begging from American soldiers and stealing food. Then fate intervened: She was hit by a car driven by a prominent filmmaker. He mentored her into an acting career. By age nineteen, Park Soong Nan was the brightest star of Korean cinema. They called her "The Queen of Tears."

Many years later, her three grown children are settled in Hawaii, and she comes to visit. Soong's presence is catalytic, setting off smoldering jealousies, dormant longings, and the unending contest for primacy in her affection.

Chris McKinney is the author of The Tattoo and Bolohead Row. He received both his BA and MA in English from the University of Hawaii and currently teaches at Honolulu Community College. He resides in Honolulu.

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Chris McKinney is the author of The Tattoo and Bolohead Row. He received both his BA and MA in English from the University of Hawaii and currently teaches at Honolulu Community College. He resides in Honolulu.

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Front-loaded with deft character portraits, this multigenerational family saga, picked up from Hawaii's Mutual Publishing, fails to fulfill its considerable potential. An expatriate Korean former movie star, Soong Nan Lee has traveled to Honolulu in an attempt to solve her American children's highly American problems: elder daughter Wong Ju is keeping her loveless marriage together for the sake of her spoiled, alienated teenage son; middle child Donny is marrying a stripper named Crystal; and younger daughter Darian is dropping out of Berkeley and shacking up with Crystal's drug-dealer brother. The family's fights and reconciliations are told from alternating points of view and are intercut throughout with Soong Nan's flashbacks to her violent, glamorous past in 1950s Seoul. In describing Soong Nan's geisha-like training for stardom, McKinney (Bolohead Row) demonstrates a talent for restraint and tight pacing. It peters out, however, as the angles multiply: when Wong Ju's traumatic coming-of-age in Las Vegas is revisited at length, her character is lent a newfound depth, but McKinney abandons her for one of many floundering side plots. And just as the family as a whole is finally finding fulfillment and success by building a business together, an improbable disaster intervenes. The result is a shocking, unsatisfying shift into melodrama. (Apr.)
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