Yellow: Stories

Yellow: Stories

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by Don Lee
     
 

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"Elegant and engrossing...[an] unusually complete portrait of contemporary Asian America."—Los Angeles Times..."A gem....Lee has captured this truth beautifully, wisely, and with winning economy."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

As the Los Angeles Times noted in its profile of the author, "few writers have mined the [genre of ethnic

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"Elegant and engrossing...[an] unusually complete portrait of contemporary Asian America."—Los Angeles Times..."A gem....Lee has captured this truth beautifully, wisely, and with winning economy."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

As the Los Angeles Times noted in its profile of the author, "few writers have mined the [genre of ethnic literature] as shrewdly or transcended its limits quite so stunningly as Don Lee." Harking "back to the timeless concerns of Chekhov: fate, chance, the mystery of the human heart" (Stuart Dybek), these interconnected stories "are utterly contemporary,...but grounded in the depth of beautiful prose and intriguing storylines" (Asian Week). They paint a novelistic portrait of the fictional town of Rosarita Bay, California, and a diverse cast of complex and moving characters. "Nothing short of wonderful...surprising and wild with life" (Robert Boswell), Yellow "proves that wondering about whether you're a real American is as American as a big bowl of kimchi" (New York Times Book Review).

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Yellow is Don Lee's brilliant collection of stories, many of them set in the fictional town of Rosarita Bay. Peopled with several Asian-American characters who appear in more than one story, they each share a similar experience: handling the prejudice that accompanies being "yellow," in addition to their own insecurities. In the clever, mysterious story "The Price of Eggs in China," we meet the "Oriental Hair Poets," two fiercely competitive women who vie not only over their poetry but for the affections of a master chair maker who doesn't quite know what to make of them. A Korean-American woman comes to town to visit her sister in "The Lone Night Cantina," but fresh from a breakup, realizes she'd been spending time with someone she didn't really love rather than face the possibility of hurt and solitude. The title character in "The Possible Husband" is an investment analyst who made a fortune and retired young to pursue surfing full-time and his latest fancy, serial monogamy. He's "looking for the perfect woman, just like [he's] looking for the perfect wave." And in the title novella, "Yellow," readers follow Danny Kim from his childhood to his climb up the corporate ladder to a marriage with a woman for whom he feels little passion but with whom he feels safe. In each of his stories, Don Lee's writing is fresh, with sharply defined characters and a dark, biting sense of humor. (Spring 2001 Selection)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393343960
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/16/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
381 KB

Meet the Author

Don Lee has received an American Book Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Fred R. Brown Literary Award. His stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, GQ, The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. For nineteen years, he was the principal editor of the literary journal Ploughshares. He is currently the director of the MFA program in creative writing at Temple University.

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Yellow: Stories 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
a really good fast read! each story was unique but connected in some way or another. though i couldnt really see how each story had something to do with being 'yellow' except for the last 3. but besides that really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book multiple times...and every time I feel something different. True his writing isn't sophisticated but he accurately depicts the dilemmas I've been in, went through, struggling to figure out what I am in this country where mix of various ethnicities co-exist. I've read this book in High School, wrote a letter to the author, and to my surprise he responded to me, answering my questions in detail. I love how I can relate to every single one of the protagomists thought process too. You will notice in the end, all different characters from each chapter are all connected somehow. His recent novel 'Country of Origin' is a definite 5 star book in terms of portraying the conflict between Koreans and Japanese and the underlying reason behind it. Not many Korean-Americans are aware of it, and I was very surprised to see that topic discussed. All in all- highly recommended.