Four novels from master storyteller Karen Tei Yamashita.
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Beloved by readers and lauded by critics, Yamashita's novels are some of her best known work. Each of these books features her signature genre-fluidity, impeccable craftsmanship, and are and prime examples of her ability to interweave experience, imagination, and research to create fascinating worlds.
This collection contains:
I Hotel: Longlisted for the National Book Award, this dazzling, ambitious novel fuses prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy to spin an epic tale of America’s struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco near the end of the 1960s. This tenth anniversary edition is introduced by Jessica Hagedorn.
Through the Arc of the Rain Forest: Yamshita’s first novel and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, a freewheeling black comedy bound up in cultural confusion, political insanity, and environmental catastrophe. This 2017 reissue is introduced by Percival Everett.
Tropic of Orange: 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. This 2017 reissue is introduced by Sesshu Foster.
Brazil-Maru: In this multigenerational saga, Japanese immigrants in Brazil build an isolated communal settlement in the rain forest, prey to the charisma of one man. This 2017 reissue is introduced by Susan Straight.
About the Author
Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently, Sansei and Sensibility, all published by Coffee House Press. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a U.S. Artists’ Ford Foundation Fellowship, she is professor emerita of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.