The floating world

by Cynthia Kadohata

Paper Book, 1989





New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1989.


"Maks the debut of a luminious new voice in fiction." THE NEW YORK TIMES Olivia, the young narrator of this beautiful novel, and her Japanese-American family are constantly on the road, looking for a home in the 1950s. Then traveling becomes a kind of home, a place for her parents to work out their difficulties, in towns that barely linger in memory, hanging in the air among them as the part of a family history that reaches further back than they care to recall, but can't help remembering....

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I am such a fan of Kadohata's post-apocalyptic In the Heart of the Valley of Love (1992), which I read many years ago that I've been hoping ever since for a new novel by this author. Alas! It appears that she now writes solely for young readers. The Floating World is Kadohata's first novel (1989). It's an elegant and often quirky coming-of-age story, well-written and enjoyable to read. Olivia, the "heroine," recounts the somewhat non-linear story of her childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood in an itinerant Japanese-American family, moving around the American West in the 1950s. After years on the road, they finally settle down in Gibson in rural Arkansas in a community of Japanese-Americans who primarily work in the local chicken hatcheries, sexing chicks. Kadohata writes with great understanding of the idiosyncrasies of each member of a family, as well as the ties that bind them together.… (more)


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