Called “a dizzying interior voyage of self-discovery and splintered identity.” (Chicago Tribune
), award-winning poet David Mura’s critically acclaimed memoir chronicles how a year in Japan transformed his sense of self and pulled into sharp focus his complicated inheritance. Mura is a sansei
, a third-generation Japanese-American who grew up on baseball and hot dogs in a Chicago suburb, where he heard more Yiddish than Japanese. Turning Japanese
chronicles a quest for identity with honesty, intelligence, and poetic vision, which stands as a classic meditation on difference and assimilation and a valuable window onto a country that has long fascinated our own.Turning Japanese
was a New York Times
Notable Book and winner of an Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Book Award, this new edition includes a new afterword by the author.
Visit David Mura’s website at http://www.davidmura.com/