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Pieces of Paper: A short story set in Tokyo by [Lin, Jeannie]
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Length: 24 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeannie Lin (March 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SY5SY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Lin prefaces this story by saying that this is a semi-autobiographical story about her own experiences in Japan about ten years ago. Its a very short story, just above 20 pages and I think well-written. The tone of the story is warm and welcoming as 'Jeannie' in the book explains to us how she came to be in Japan by herself lost and searching for the tea ceremony.

Throughout the story she observes how awkward she feels despite the fact she is Asian and surrounded by other Asians. I've never quite left Caucasian dominated areas before, or been in a situation where I couldn't insist that there be some sort of English around so I understand everything. The closest I've come would be Inner City Philadelphia (where you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who can speak English no matter their race) and certain parts of NJ.

Jeannie sets the scene well; the nervousness, but excitement one feels when visiting a new culture and learning new things. The awe when you realize that there are far more busy and insane cities out there then just in the US. The near constant bombardment of sensory data while you try to acclimate. I would have happily read about Jeannie's experiences while she wandered around Japan.

The inclusion of Scott, a graduate student studying Eastern Asian Religion, made for an interesting comparison for Jeannie and the reader. Jeannie observes that his everyman American looks felt more comfortable to her then seeing the scores of people who shared her genetic history.

This was a diverting insightful piece that felt kind of like talking with a friend after a trip. Jeannie, the character, isn't afraid to discuss her flaws or touristy thoughts. Her enthusiasm to enjoy her trip to Japan was obvious making the story relaxing to read.
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PIECES OF PAPER is a great story. I loved Ms. Lin's previous short story, THE TAMING OF MEI LIN, which was a prequel to her debut novel, BUTTERFLY SWORDS. I thought I understood the power of her voice. Then I read this lovely contemporary and had to reconsider--she's better than I knew. Jeannie Lin used a brief timespan and a seemingly simple encounter to craft a story that made me catch my breath. Through it I wondered, What will happen? The ending was moving without being fluffy or cloying.
Brava, Ms. Lin. I cannot wait for your next release.
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The author states that this short story is semi-autobiographical, and as I was reading it, I wanted very much to be there in her stead. It's a weekend in Tokyo with a bag, a guide book, and hardly any useful language skills but the most basic of Japanese. It's an adventure roaming that big, crazy city, and throughout the piece, you feel the author's sense of almost belonging but of not quite fitting in. She is Asian but is always recognized as American and gaijin, and it is a random encounter with a fellow American, a Caucasian student, that oddly reminds her most of home. From a chance meeting to a wish and small scrap of paper, you never know where fate may or may not lead you when you're far from home.

I have to own up to being an otaku (an obsessive fan) of Japan and most things Japanese, and just the title alone was enough to cause me to download this little treat, if only for a brief glimpse of a place I long to see one day. I loved the descriptions of Tokyo; I felt the spirit of the city, its frenetic pace and sometimes quirky vibrancy, and the quiet weight of honor and tradition. All of that is captured here, with fondness. For me, this short story reads very much like a love letter to this place and time in the author's memory, and if you also have any love for Japan, I think you, too, will enjoy this short story.
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