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Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering

I'm a voracious reader (currently reading Links by Somalian writer Nuruddin Farah) and also a writer and editor. My first novel, published in the United States last year, is called Losing Kei, and is about an expat mother in Japan who loses custody of her only son to her Japanese ex and does whatever she can to get him back. (In Japan there is no such thing as joint custody).

My next book is an anthology of essays by mothers around the world on raising children across two or more cultures. The writers include a Malaysian expatriate in America, a Candian mom in South Africa, a Chinese mom in America, a British mom in Krygyzstan, an Austrian/American mom in France, and an American mom in Turkey. Some topics addressed include bilingualism, skin color, food, and culture. This book will be published in May, 2009, by Wyatt Mackenzie Publishing.

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LauraB's picture

Is your book out yet?

Suzanne,

Curious if your book is in print yet? Do you know if it will be at Powells in the States or where we'll find it? I'd like to get a copy- sounds very interesting.

Let us know. Congrats on such a great accomplishment!

Warmly,

Laura

Hi Laura,

Thank you so much for your interest in Call Me Okaasan. I'm happy to report that the book is now in print and is available at Powell's. I had a look at their website, and they have copies in their warehouse, so if it's not on the shelf, you can just ask for it. The book is also available from other online vendors, such as Amazon.

If you happen to read the book, I'd love to hear what you think of it!

All my best,

Suzanne

LauraB's picture

Accomplished!

Suzanne,

Call Me Okaasan sounds so interesting. At Powells and Amazon, great. I love to read- blessed to have been brought up in a reading family, talking about books, and expanding minds through the written word. Being inside a story is one way I ground myself and feel life's mystery. I'm excited to buy and read your book, Losing Kei...I'll start there as I'm into novels at the moment. When I finish Losing Kei, I'll let you know. The only problem is that I have so many books in front of me already!! Have you read Zoli by Colum McCann about a Romani woman during World War II.I'm engrossed in it. What do you like to read?

So impressed with your accomplishments and passion.

Warmly,

Laura

Suzanne Kamata's picture

Thank you!!

Thank you so much for your interest in my work.

I'm a big reader, too. Our house is full of books, to my Japanese husband's dismay. I spend way too much on English language books. I can't read Japanese well enough to enjoy it. I did read Zoli not too long ago, and I loved it! I have an interest in the Romani, and even tried to write a novel with a Romani character, but it has gone unpublished (my first novel, so it probably should stay that way).

Right now I'm reading Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch. Mostly I prefer novels, but I also like biographies and narrative nonfiction. And sometimes poetry.

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