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Father of the Four Passages

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From "one of the most original voices on the American literary scene" (The Atlantic Monthly) comes the powerful tale of Sonia Kurisu, a young woman who grew up troubled in working-class Hawaii and struggles to raise her young son alone. Alternating between the present and the past, Yamanaka depicts Sonia's difficult childhood, her addictions to drugs and alcohol, and her s ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 5th 2002 by Picador (first published 2001)
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Apr 27, 2016 Robert Dunbar rated it really liked it
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Imagine Michener's Hawaii as a collaboration between Mary Gaitskill and Toni Morrison. Instead of all that tropical grandeur, the book would have seethed with emotional veracity, and the details of poverty and cultural oppression could have taken flight in passages of magical realism, informed by a scathingly feminist perspective. That description comes pretty close to Yamanaka's Hilo books, a grueling chronicle of contemporary, working-class Hawaiians.

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Emily Hughes
Apr 11, 2016 Emily Hughes rated it it was amazing
Lois-Ann always telling it like it is.
Always honest
Dec 05, 2010 David rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting one for Yamanaka. Different from some of the other books of hers that I have read. Still solid on characters, story, and all that and just as emotionally engaging as her other works, but this book has a darker tone than I've seen Yamaka work with. There is hope mixed in there as well, but this book definitely works with darker themes than I've seen Yamanaka attempt in the past. The book does an excellent job, though. It is an impressive book from an author that people ...more
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Jun 29, 2009 Jason Nomura rated it it was ok
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Parts of the book dragged and the plot was confusing and twisting at time. Not among my favored books from this author who I really like. At times it was a struggle to continue reading. Some chapters flowed well as I expect from her, however they were not the majority.
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An odd book....the prose is unusual and poetic. The author very much thought about the structure in relation to the content. But the book itself is perplexing and you have to be interested in taking a journey.
May 30, 2007 Julie rated it really liked it
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This book is highly provocative and often disturbing. It is almost with morbid curiosity that I worked my way through it. The ending was highly uplifting and the commentary on humanity is fascinatingly eye-opening.
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a dark, disturbing, but spiritual read.
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Lois-Ann Yamanaka is the author of Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre, Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, Blu's Hanging, Heads by Harry, Name Me Nobody, Father of the Four Passages, The Heart's Language, and Behold the Many. Her work has received numerous awards including the Hawai'i Award for Literature, the American Book Award, the Children's Choice for Literature, the Pushcart Prize for poetry, ...more
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