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'Seventeen Syllables': Hisaye Yamamoto

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Hisaye Yamamoto's often-reprinted tale of a naive American daughter and her Japanese mother captures the essence of the cultural and generational conflicts so common among immigrants and their American-born children. On the surface, "Seventeen Syllables" is the story of Rosie and her preoccupation with adolescent life. Between the lines, however, lurks the tragedy of her m ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Rutgers University Press
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Very sorry to find that Hisaye Yamamoto has died, considering that this is the first I've read of her short stories. Unfortunately this critical volume only contains two ("Seventeen Syllables" and "Yoneko's Earthquake") although both are great. Strikes me as genuinely unfortunate that she never wrote a novel.
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Hisaye Yamamoto (August 23, 1921 – January 30, 2011) was a Japanese American author. She is best known for the short story collection Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories, first published in 1988. Her work confronts issues of the Japanese immigrant experience in America, the disconnect between first and second generation immigrants, as well as the difficult role of women in society.

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