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No-No Boy by John Okada
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Jul 13, 2011

it was amazing
Read on July 13, 2011

This first novel by an Asian American to be published in the U.S.
came out in 1957 but was virtually unnoticed until, as it happened,
about the time the author died at the age of 47 in 1970. Found in a
San Francisco bookstore by a Chinese American man, it was brought to
the attention of other Asian American writers, themselves becoming
well known. Stunned by its power and the fact of its neglect, those
writers arranged to publish a paperback edition in 1976, and a second
printing the next year was followed in 1979 by an edition from the
University of Washington Press. Here, in that latter form, the novel
is framed by an introduction by Lawson Inada and an afterword by Frank
Chin. The novel is unsparing in its scrutiny of the pain and complexity
in a Japanese American family picking up the pieces of its interrupted
life in Seattle, Washington after World war II.
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