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My Year of Meats Paperback – March 1, 1999
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“Ozeki is one of my favorite novelists . . . bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page.”
—Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of This Is How You Lose Her
“In precise and luminous prose, Ozeki captures both the sweep and detail of our shared humanity. The result is gripping, fearless, inspiring and true.”
—Madeline Miller, author of the Orange Prize winner The Song of Achilles
“Wonderfully wild and bracing . . . A feast that leaves you hungry for whatever Ozeki cooks up next.”
“My Year of Meats pulsates with passion. . . . Ozeki’s first novel detonates an attack on the meat industry that would make Upton Sinclair sit up and smile . . . yet all this energy doesn’t obscure the novel’s quirky charm.”
“Ruth Ozeki masks a deeper purpose with a light tone . . . A comical-satirical-farcical-epical-tragical-romantical novel.”
—Jane Smiley, Chicago Tribune
“An amazingly assured debut, My Year of Meats is a wonderfully irreverent novel, with wacky cross-cultural collisions and hilarious characters . . . a joy to read.”
“Ozeki offers a remarkably fresh view of the rocky road many women travel to love and motherhood . . . one of the heartiest, and, yes, meatiest debuts in years.”
“Romance, agri-business, self-discovery, cross-cultural misunderstanding—it takes a talent like Ruth Ozeki’s to blend all these ingredients beautifully together. My Year of Meats is a sensitive and compelling portrait of two modern women.”
—Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
“Canny, cunning, muckraking, and lusty, weaving hormones and corporate threats, fertility and independence.”
—The Village Voice
“A likeably odd and inventively imagined tale . . . Ozeki writes with the same over-the-top verve as fellow hyper-realist David Foster Wallace.”
—Detroit Free Press
About the Author
Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.
Visit www.ruthozeki.com and follow @ozekiland on Twitter.
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Ozeki 's weaves the story around parallel characters using humor and a straight forward honesty, allowing the reader cultural insights, questions of personal responsibility, paralleled experiences, and ultimately connections to all life. In this book, the impact of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, recycled by products in food chain, and the inhumane treatment of animals. The story exposes both sides of the issue through each character's journey.
My Year of Meats was a great read. I could see this as a movie and I will never look at the meat industry or advertising and film the same.
I've read any number of Ruth's books... each superb.
Anything she writes is fabulous (so far). Must buy if you are interested in environmental issues, human relationships, Japan and our interface with it.