The Kappa Child

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Red Deer Press, 2001 - Fiction - 278 pages
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James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award for Science Fiction and Commonwealth Writers' Prize Winner, 2001

Sunburst Award Nomination for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, 2002

From the award-winning author of Chorus of Mushrooms, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canadian Region and was co-winner of the Canada Japan Book Award, The Kappa Child is the tale of four Japanese Canadian sisters struggling to escape the bonds of a family and landscape as inhospitable as the sweltering prairie heat.

In a family not at all reminiscent of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, four Japanese-Canadian sisters struggle to escape the bonds of a family and landscape as inhospitable as the sweltering prairie heat. Their father, moved by an incredible dream of optimism, decides to migrate from the lush green fields of British Columbia to Alberta. There, he is determined to deny the hard-pan limitations of the prairie and to grow rice. Despite a dearth of both water and love, the family discovers, through sorrow and fear, the green kiss of the Kappa Child, a mythical creature who blesses those who can imagine its magic...

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User Review  - Ekatchristie - Goodreads

Young, but good. Read full review

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The book is strange, the people are real, the feelings are true. Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Hiromi Goto was born in Japan and moved with her family to British Columbia, Canada, when she was three. Her parents are mushroom farmers, and she spent most of her childhood living in rural areas. This experience, she says, continues to be a source of inspiration in her writing. Her work also is influenced by her father's stories of life in Japan, which she grew up hearing.

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