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Saiki, Jessica K

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ISBN 10: 0898231272 / ISBN 13: 9780898231274
Published by New Rivers Press, New York, NY, 1991
Used Condition: Fine Soft cover
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This is a softcover book in fine condition. The book has a tight binding and is very crisp and clean. There are seventeen short stories about Japanese-Americans and other Hawaiians with a setting in Hawaii. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 4823

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Publisher: New Rivers Press, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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These stories, set in a sleepy Hawaiian town before and during World War II, examine the lives of a community of Japanese-Americans. "The most accomplished collection of stories published in 1991."--W.P. Kinsella


There is a special beauty in an artist's pencil sketches that form the basis for the later, heavier oil paintings. The slightness of the lines carry implications; an arm outstretched, yet unfinished, conveys its own emotion. So it is with Jessica Saki's stories. Brief and elusive, their meanings are contained in what is suggested, but seldom explained. Style mirrors content in this collection of seventeen stories about the people of the Japanese-American community in Hawaii - divorced from the white-skinned haoles that occasionally enter their lives, teetering between old Japan and new Hawaiian America, searching for self in the midst of contradictory options. Young people and old maids cross the lines of convention, quietly or in full rebellion; old men search for meanings they have lost; haoles attempt with only occasional success to reach beyond their own circumscribed points of view. Through brief conversations packed with meaning and descriptions that touch down and lift off as deftly as dragonflies, Jessica Saki shows us unexpected mavericks, small pains, sudden realizations, and the sometimes complete misunderstanding that can exist between human beings and across cultures. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister

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