Tropic of Orange (Special Reissue)

Tropic of Orange (Special Reissue)
A novel by Karen Tei Yamashita

An apocalypse of race, class, and culture fanned by the media and the harsh L.A. sun. 

September 2017

6 x 9 | 264 Pages
Trade Paper

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ISBN: 978-1-56689-486-9.



Irreverently juggling magical realism, film noir, hip-hop, and chicanismo, Tropic of Orange takes place in a Los Angeles where the homeless, gangsters, infant organ entrepreneurs, and Hollywood collide on a stretch of the Harbor Freeway. Hemmed in by wildfires, it’s a symphony conducted from an overpass: grandiose, comic, and as diverse as the city itself.


“Fiercely satirical. . . . Yamashita presents [an] intricate plot with mordant wit.” —New York Times Book Review

“A stunner. . . . An exquisite mystery novel. But this is a novel of dystopia and apocalypse; the mystery concerns the tragic flaws of human nature.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Yamashita handles her eccentrics and the setting of their adventures with panache. David Foster Wallace meets Gabriel García Márquez.” —Publishers Weekly

“Tropic of Orange is a compelling, kinetic, novel with real humanity…” 
Chicago Review of Books