Synopses & Reviews
Celebrating cultural differences as a privilege, Chorus of Mushrooms explores the shifts and collisions of culture through the lives of three generations of women in a Japanese family living in a small town. Author Hiromi Goto demonstrates the clash of cultures through the three women of the novel: a grandmother who refuses to speak English and who hides salted squid in her pockets; a daughter who refuses to speak Japanese and cooks ham with pineapple for special occasions; and a granddaughter who struggles to find a cultural identity somewhere between the two.
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada; Co-Winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award; and winner of the Grant MacEwan College Book Award, Chorus of Mushrooms is a novel that can't be missed.
Chorus of Mushrooms heralds the debut of a young Japanese Canadian feminist Hiromi Goto Until the publication of Chorus of Mushrooms in 1994 the primary voice heard from Japanese Canadians was that of the people interned during World War II Hiromi Goto examines the immigration experience of the Japanese Canadian beyond war and into present day Alberta Celebrating cultural differences as a privilege Chorus of Mushrooms explores the shifts and collisions of culture through the lives of three generations of women in a Japanese family living in a small prairie town