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Seventeen syllables and other stories

by Yamamoto, Hisaye.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Non-Fiction PB 813.54 YAM
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  PB 813.54 YAM
Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories brings together fifteen stories that span Hisaye Yamamoto's forty-year career. It was her first book to be published in the United States. Yamamoto's themes include the cultural conflicts between the first generation, the Issei and their children, the Nisei; coping with prejudice; and the World War II internment of Japanese Americans.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hisaye Yamamoto, who was held with her family in an Arizona internment camp during World War II, has been writing for 40 years, but Kitchen Table is the first press to publish a collection of her work. These remarkable stories are written with the proportion and craft of the masters-- there are hints of Chekhov, Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, and Grace Paley. ``The Eskimo Connection'' tells of an unusual pen-pal relationship between a middle- aged poet and a young, mysterious Eskimo prisoner. In ``Wilshire Bus,'' set in postwar Los Angeles, a drunken racist tells a Chinese couple to go back where they came from, not knowing that their roots are thoroughly American. Each of the 15 short stories, written with the economy of haiku, is a treasure. A thorough introduction to the author is included, along with extensive notes and a bibliography. IMF."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Imbued with the serenity of authority, these stories ably conduct the reader through the Japanese experience in America, from the oil fields of Redondo Beach to the internment camps of WW II, through the lives of young and old as they confront American customs, manners and culture. Yamamoto's stories also depict the stained relationships between Japanese immigrants and the nisei (American-born Japanese). Yet the author does not confine herself to ethnic issues. In ``The High-Heeled Shoes: A Memoir,'' for example, the subtle forms of sexual harassment are delineated; a woman's obsession with expressing herself through the condensed poetry of haiku, and her husband's objections are explored in the title story. The inexplicable tragedies of everyday lifean inconsolable mourner, a desertion by a friend, the endless quest for an illusory prosperity (as in the stories ``The Brown House'' and ``Las Vegas Charley)are underscored by a forlorn nostalgia for a history and a culture that fails to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Yamamoto, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, makes a welcome American debut. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945 -- Fiction.
Concentration camp inmates -- Fiction.
Concentration camps -- Fiction.
Japanese Americans -- Fiction.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Publisher New Brunswick, N.J. :Rutgers University Press,1998
Language English
Description xxiii, 134 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [129]-134).
ISBN 0813526078 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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