Seventeen Syllables and other stories Author:Hisaye Yamamoto Winner of the 1986 American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Before Columbus Foundation. Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories brings together for the first time fifteen stories that span Hisaye Yamamoto's forty year career. It is the author's first book to be published in the United States. — With these stories and their subtexts, al... more »ive with her wit and compassion, Hisaya Yamamoto earned her reputation as a most talented writer of short fiction in Asian American literature. With her at times sole encouragement and criticism joining three generations, despite the concentration caps, she has made that literature grown. - Stephen H. Sumida
The writing of history and the telling of stories are in our time very different. But these stories about the daily lives of Japanese American women in and out of the World War II internment camps of the United States are history and herstory. The women are gutsy and fragile - that is, like any of us would be caught in exile while at home. The stories are beautifully written so we feel them even more deeply. - Grace Paley
The overwhelming feeling I had when I met Hisaye Yamamoto was a desire to have this modest women receive the recognition she deserved. Her writing was joyous and elegant. And her gift and marvelous talent were, as far as I could see, not on a big enough stage...
You can imagine my delight to learn that a collection of her work is now finally seeing the light of day. How good that feels. At last more people will be touched by the grace that flows through Hisaye Yamamoto's pen. This world will be a better place because of it.
Literature • Asian American Studies • Women's Studies« less