Talking To High Monks In The Snow: Asian-american Odyssey, An

Paperback | February 17, 1993

byLydia Minatoya

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Winner of the 1991 PEN/Jerard Fund Award, Talking to High Monks in the Snow captures the passion and intensity of an Asian-American woman's search for cultural identity.

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In a voice at once penetrating and humorous, vulnerable and wise, Lydia Minatoya takes us on an evocative exploration of cultural identity that starts with her childhood of ethnic isolation in upstate New York in the fifties, as she listens to her parents' astonishing and affecting tales of her Japanese heritage. These stories of the s...

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Winner of the 1991 PEN/Jerard Fund Award, Talking to High Monks in the Snow captures the passion and intensity of an Asian-American woman's search for cultural identity.

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In a voice at once penetrating and humorous, vulnerable and wise, Lydia Minatoya takes us on an evocative exploration of cultural identity that starts with her childhood of ethnic isolation in upstate New York in the fifties, as she listens to her parents' astonishing and affecting tales of her Japanese heritage. These stories of the s...

Lydia Minatoya won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award and notable-book citations from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library for her memoir, Talking to High Monks in the Snow. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.65 inPublished:February 17, 1993Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 13:9780060923723

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In a voice at once penetrating and humorous, vulnerable and wise, Lydia Minatoya takes us on an evocative exploration of cultural identity that starts with her childhood of ethnic isolation in upstate New York in the fifties, as she listens to her parents' astonishing and affecting tales of her Japanese heritage. These stories of the silk-and-shadow world of a samurai family, of immigration and internment, and of spiritual transcendence later propel her outward on her own geographic and emotional journey--from patrician New England to Japan, China, and Nepal--in a search to understand her Asian-ness and its place in a complex American identity.

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"Memorable and intense....adds a new and important voice to the diverse chorus of American experience.""--San Francisco Chronicle"