Genres: Literature / Fiction / WWII / Asian American
"But...But..." stammers No-No Boy. "I've been here all this time. Since 1957. It's gotten quite lonely, really."
Lonely indeed. This was the only novel ever completed by John Okada, who died at the age of 47 thinking that no one, especially in the Asian American community, cared about his work. His wife burned his other novel in progress after the Japanese American Research Project at UCLA refused to look at his stuff. It was one of the first Japanese American novels to be published, and like the community it represented, it was mostly cast aside and ignored for years until people started picking it up and studying it for its literary value.