The Kappa Child
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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Review: The Kappa ChildUser Review - fromcouchtomoon - Goodreads
Where reality meets the sublime, Goto's gorgeous, insightful prose makes the plight 2nd gen immigrant kids living in impoverished, oppressive family systems incredibly tangible and vivid. Hard to put down. Read full review
Review: The Kappa ChildUser Review - Norman Howe - Goodreads
Enchanting story of a Japanese-Canadian woman who becomes pregnant by a mythical creature. Magic realism combined with a heartbreaking childhood on the prairies makes this one to read again. Read full review