"Immensely entertaining." Newsday
"Poignant and remarkable." Philadelphia Inquirer
"Warm, compassionate, engaging, and thought-provoking." Washington Post
"With a subtle ominousness, Yamashita sets up her hopeful, prideful charactersand, in the process, the entire genre of pioneer litfor a fall." Village Voice
"A splendid multi-generational novel . . . rich in history and character." San Francisco Chronicle
Particularly insightful." Library Journal
"Informative and timely." Kirkus
"Yamashita's heightened sense of passion and absurdity, and respect for inevitability and personality, infuse this engrossing multigenerational immigrant saga with energy, affection, and humor." Booklist
"This enriching novel introduces Western readers to an unusual cultural experiment, and makes vivid a crucial chapter in Japanese assimilation into the West." Publishers Weekly
The story of an idealistic band of Japanese immigrants, who arrive in Brazil in 1925 to carve a utopia out of the jungle. The dream of creating a new world, the cost of idealism, the symbiotic tie between a people and the land they settle, and the changes demanded by a new generation, all collide in this multigenerational saga.
Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, and Anime Wong, all published by Coffee House Press. I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award.