Maxine Hong Kingston
"When I finished this brave and sharp story I wanted to start again because of the honesty in the author's voice and the many gifts beautiful language, vivid and apt anecdotes, a novelist's narrative instinct that await the reader. Garrett Hongo elucidates here a Dragon; he reveals intelligence as love. And he magics time."
"In this memoir, the village of Volcano is both a place on the map and a beacon in the far more elusive terrain of a man's personal history. In charting that history, Garrett Hongo has produced a lyrical and penetrating work grafting intimate recollection with broad insight. He has aspired to Rousseau's standard for himself and for all memoirists to recount comprehensively 'what I have felt . . . and what my feelings have had me do.'"