A novel by Karen Tei Yamashita, with an introduction by Susan Straight

September 5, 2017 • 6 x 9 • 272 pages • 978-1-56689-484-5

Japanese immigrants in Brazil build an isolated communal settlement in the rain forest, prey to the charisma of one man.

The story of a band of Japanese immigrants who arrive in Brazil in 1925 to carve a utopia out of the jungle. The dream of creating a new world, the cost of idealism, the symbiotic tie between a people and the land they settle, and the changes demanded by a new generation all collide in this multigenerational saga.

About the Author

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Letters to Memory, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, and Anime Wong, all published by Coffee House Press. I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. She has been a US Artists Ford Foundation Fellow and co-holder of the University of California Presidential Chair for Feminist & Critical Race & Ethnic Studies. She is currently Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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“A splendid multi-generational novel . . . rich in history and character.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Warm, compassionate, engaging, and thought-provoking.” —Washington Post

“Yamashita’s heightened sense of passion and absurdity, and respect for inevitability and personality, infuse this engrossing multigenerational immigrant saga with energy, affection, and humor.” —Booklist

“Immensely entertaining.” —Newsday

“Poignant and remarkable.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“An intricate and fascinating epoch.” —San Diego Review

“With a subtle ominousness, Yamashita sets up her hopeful, prideful characters—and, in the process, the entire genre of pioneer lit—for a fall.” —Village Voice

“Full of sad and poignant scenes and some hilarious ones, too.” —Star Tribune

“Historically informative and emotionally complex.” —Bloomsbury Review

“Unique and entertaining.” —International Examiner

“Particularly insightful.” —Library Journal

“Informative and timely.” —Kirkus