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Awabi: A Duet of Short Stories
Mandy-Suzanne Wong deftly explores the complex world of the ama -- ocean women, mostly elderly, who eke out a living while diving deep to capture abalone, snails, and otherworldly sea creatures for food. Unlike the men of the fictional village of Kaiyono who fish from boats, the ama battle the cold currents without scuba tanks or snorkels. They do this while facing the thr ...more
Paperback, Limited Run, 56 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Digging Press,LLC
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Wong's pair of lovingly researched stories surfaces the vanishing world of amas, those Japanese matrilineal divers who swim to the depths in search of seafood or pearls without aid of oxygen tanks. "Sumiko's Daughters" dips into the centuries old culture's generational discontinuity while "Ayuka Breathes" concentrates on the contemporary male/female divide. Special mention should be made of Cynthia Alvarez's compact book design which is truly lovely. ...more
Bermudian Mandy-Suzanne Wong's internationally acclaimed debut novel, Drafts of a Suicide Note (Regal House, 2019), was a finalist for American Book Fest's Best Book Award for General Fiction, the Eyelands Book Award for a published novel, and the Permafrost Book Prize as well as a Conium Review Book Prize semifinalist, a Santa Fe Writers’ Project Literary Award shortlistee, and a PEN Open Book Aw ...more