Letters to Memory
Letters to Memory


"It's a stylistically wild ride, but it's smart, funny and entrancing." ―NPR

"Fluid and poetic as well as terrifying." ―New York Times Book Review

With delightful plays of voice and structure, this is literary fiction at an adventurous, experimental high point." ―Kirkus

"Magnificent. . . . Intriguing." ―Library Journal

"This powerful, deeply felt, and impeccably researched fiction is irresistibly evocative." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Scintillations is an excursion through the Japanese internment using archival materials from the Yamashita family as well as a series of epistolary conversations with composite characters representing a range of academic specialties. Historians, anthropologists, classicists―their disciplines, and Yamashita's engagement with them, are a way for her explore various aspects of the internment and to expand its meaning beyond her family, and our borders, to ideas of debt, forgiveness, civil rights, Orientalism, and community.

Title Letters to Memory
Author Karen Tei Yamashita
Publisher Coffee House Press
Title First Published 12 September 2017
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 160 p.
ISBN-10 1566894875
ISBN-13 9781566894876
Publication Date 12 September 2017
Main content page count 160
Weight 16 oz.