Calabash Stories (Paperback)

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Description


In the tradition of Gabriel Garc a M rquez and Maxine Hong Kingston, and deeply rooted in the intricacies of the author's Japanese-Hawaiian heritage, Calabash Stories is a lucid, unforgettable collection. Jeffrey J. Higa's stories arise from different points in the same fertile landscape: At times, the recurrence of certain details (a beige Volkswagen bug, a famous entertainer) makes them glow with deeper meaning; at others, the reemergence of potent archetypes (a sick child, an old man living alone) invokes a dream state held between author and reader. Like the traditional Hawaiian calabash, these stories invite their reader to a family table where we are welcomed and nourished by communal traditions. Higa is a master storyteller, delighting in life's humor and strangeness while arriving at the intimacy and poignancy that come from a shared understanding of grief.

About the Author


Jeffrey J. Higa is the great-grandson of Okinawan immigrants who went to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations. He inherited their stories and love of their adopted land. He earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and has gone on to become an award-winning fiction writer, essayist, and playwright.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780807175491
ISBN-10: 0807175498
Publisher: LSU Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English