978-0-88995-228-7 / 9780889952287

The Kappa Child (Fiction)


Publisher:Red Deer Press



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In her second novel, The Kappa Child, Hiromi Goto continues her exploration of growing up Japanese Canadian that she began in A Chorus of Mushrooms (winner of the Commonwealth Writers regional prize for best first book). In The Kappa Child, her heroine turns to an unlikely (and ultimately frustrating) guide: the Little House on the Prairie books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Even more unlikely is that the unnamed narrator finds herself pregnant by a Kappa, a mythical Japanese being with webbed feet, an affinity for water, and a bowl growing on its head. The Kappa Child looks back at the dysfunctional childhood of the narrator, with her passive-aggressive mother, odd siblings, and abusive, delusional father struggling to grow rice in the prairie dust bowl. Not quite an adult, the narrator struggles to come to terms with her past and her less-than-promising present and achieves an unexpected moment of satori in the process. As in her first book, Goto continues to combine poetic, even surreal, turns of phrase with an understated but sharp-edged version of feminist post-structuralism, all wrapped up in a picaresque, magic-realist narrative. What fabulous creatures will inhabit her next novel? --Robyn Gillam

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