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The Loom and Other Stories

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The nine short stories in this collection reveal a moving portrait of three generations of Japanese-Americans trying to fit themselves into the fabric of American society. The author writes: "I wandered ghostlike amidst the mainstream of America, treading unaware of the cultural amnesia inflicted on my parents' generation by the internment and the atomic bomb."
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Paperback, 118 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Graywolf Press
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Robert Adams
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful evocation of life in America as I was growing up with images and rhetoric of “Japs” as the enemy.
Heather Ingemar
All I can say after reading this book is "meh." I felt "preached at" in most of the stories -- as opposed to "right in it." There was no sense of urgency or immediacy to each of these tales -- maybe calling them "anecdotes," or "memoirs" might be a better fit than "stories." There really wasn't anything to this book. It read a lot like newspaper clippings, although the three later stories were the brightest of the collection (though still mediocre at best).

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Another book for one of my classes, but this had me pouring my heart and soul out in the papers that I had to write. The relationship between the daughters and their mother, the life of the girls as third-generation Americans, everything, reminded me of my life now (technically I'm second-gen, though). It is a great book if someone wants to "explore" how others feel about being in America and belonging to two cultures.
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Ruth Sasaki captures the lives of the Japanese American living during WWII
Her descriptive writing style helps the reader realize many of the conditions faced by the characters she writes about
I history repeating itself once again?
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Read for my college English class. Pretty good books with heartbreaking and inspirational stories.
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R.A. Sasaki is a third-generation San Franciscan. She attended the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Winner of the 1983 American Japanese National Literary Award, she has had stories published in the "Short Story Review" and "Making Waves: An Anthology of Writing ...more

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