- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (July 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936214385
- ISBN-13: 978-1936214389
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beautiful One Has Come: Stories Paperback – July 11, 2011
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"It's clear that Kamata deeply understands the questions her characters grapple with emotionally, as well as the intimate details of day-to-day life in Japan" - ForeWord Reviews
"Kamata provides a refreshing alternative, one that focuses on female protagonists, but which also looks at daily lives, both the mundane and the spectacular." - Asian Review of Books
"The stories...have a universal appeal but will strike a familiar note in particular with those who have spent considerable time outside their comfort zones." - Sharona Moskowitz, JQ Magazine
[Kamata] uses finely honed powers of observation and a mastery of narrative techniques to avoid the pitfalls of pathos which might trap a less talented author." - Pacific Rim Review of Books
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"The Beautiful One Has Come poignantly shows the pains and the pleasures of living in a culture that is not your own. Kamata also illuminates the modern struggles of everyday people, showing us that perhaps foreigners are not the only ones searching for belonging in this traditional society." - Margaret Dilloway, Author, How to Be an American Housewife
"With evocative grace, and the authority of real experience, Kamata takes us on a tour through a garden of lives which touch Japan. Each story wanders as delicately as a small stream, with jewel-like descriptions and plot points waiting to be discovered around every corner." - Rebecca Otowa, Author, At Home in Japan: A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
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Author: Suzanne Kamata
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review
This exquisitely written book consists of twelve short stories, each focusing on how a woman handles living in another country or how to live in their own. Most of these stories take place in Japan, where the women have to learn to adjust into a culture that is considerably different then what they are used to or how their ideas differ from society. This book gives the reader a brief look into the world of the Japanese and how they live and love. With characters of different of various ages and stages of life, it gives a wide range of glimpse into an assortment of situations. Some are adjusting live in general and some are to motherhood. Each must look inward to resolve the areas of their life that have become problematic to them.
Especially with the awful events that have happen in Japan lately, this book gives the reader a look of this proud and everlasting country. It is a place filled with tradition and history. I think this book can be enjoyed by most age groups; young adult and adults. It is an easy reading book, which would be good on raining days, book clubs and anytime reading. I look forward to more books from this author, who I feel can only excel on what she has already written.
I lost my breath as I was eerily whisked back to my own daugher's birth while reading "Polishing The Halo," a story about an American mother coming to terms with her baby's disability while living as an expatriate in Japan.
I appreciated the gentle camaraderie between a straight, American woman and a gay, Hawaiian dance teacher in "Hawaiian Hips." And I loved "Woman Blossoming," a story about a young painter who seems to place her art behind her marriage to help her husband achieve greatness. She holds her talent close, though, and that one act of not losing herself proves to be all the fulfillment and provision one could ask for in life.
The way I measure a good story is how much of myself gets lost and found in words. I can only get lost in words when the writing doesn't get in the way. I can only be found in writing when the story points to something in me that connects to another person.
If you were to ask me what constitutes a good story, my answer would be staying power. If I find myself thinking about a story days afterward, it is good.
Many of these stories still roll around in my mind.
One story about a american living with her japense husband and everyone is curious what she buys at store, kids take her t-shirts off laundry line. how she is trying to join in the nieghborhood. One class she takes is ahulu dance class by a real hawian dancer. Who ends up telling her he is gay but his boyfriend his still in the closet and is afraid to come out.
They are interesting little bit pictures of how different their lives are and what is important to them at the time.