"Wasabi for Breakfast" reintroduces best-selling Japanese author
Foumiko Kometani's uniquely humorous voice to American readers.
Kometani is rare among Japanese writers and cultural commentators
in that she has lived in the United States for most of her adult
life, bringing an outsider's -- and woman's -- perspective to both
her adopted home and her native Japan. She lives her life in
between cultures, and mines that gap to provide a thoroughly modern
take on both societies.
In "Family Business," Megumi, a long time resident of the United
States, returns to Japan to visit her 87-year-old mother. After so
many years living abroad, Megumi is almost as befuddled by the
exotic intricacies of contemporary Japan as a foreigner. When her
nephew runs away from home, and her elderly mother gives chase,
Megumi sets off on a road trip through modern Japan -- and her own
"1001 Raging Fires" chronicles a Japanese woman living in
California during the Rodney King riots and struggling to come to
terms with being an outcast from a society that itself seems to be
self-immolating. Yu learns the real price of exclusion is that
which your own family makes you pay.
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