Through the Arc of the Rain Forest (Special Reissue)

Through the Arc of the Rain Forest (Special Reissue)
A novel by Karen Tei Yamashita
Introduction by Percival Everett

A freewheeling black comedy bound up in cultural confusion, political insanity, and environmental catastrophe. 

September 2017

6 x 9 | 216 Pages
Trade Paper

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ISBN: 978-1-56689-485-2.



A Japanese man with a ball floating six inches in front of his head, an American ceo with three arms, and a Brazilian peasant who discovers the art of healing by tickling one’s earlobe rise to the heights of wealth and fame before arriving at disasters—both personal and ecological—that destroy the rain forest and all the birds of Brazil.


“This satiric morality play about the destruction of the Amazon rain forest unfolds with a diversity and fecundity equal to its setting. . . . Yamashita seems to have thrown into the pot everything she knows and most that she can imagine—all to good effect.” —Publishers Weekly

“Dazzling . . . a seamless mixture of magic realism, satire and futuristic fiction.” —San Francisco Chronicle