- Publisher: Morrow; 6th Printing edition (1974)
- ASIN: B000GSJ0MA
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,370,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jenny Kimura Hardcover – 1974
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“Jenny Kimura” is the story of a half-Japanese and half-American 16 year old girl living in Tokyo with her American father and Japanese mother, suddenly invited to spend the summer with her American Grandmother in Kansas City. Her parents have been estranged from their parents on both sides for reasons I didn’t understand at the time but which are glaringly obvious now. The short book tells the story of Jenny’s summer including her encounters with subtle and not so subtle racism but also her personal growth. Ultimately it is a hopeful, positive story.
The book is told from Jenny’s perspective with a more formal and stilted voice than most American fiction. Clearly Cavanna knew a great deal about Japan and Japanese culture of the time- the book is filled with detail (It is also dedicated “To my young friend, Nobuko.”) Since I think most Americans still think of Japan as being a more formal, less culturally progressive country, the formal “voice” actually helps to make the book seem less dated.Read more ›