Three Scenarios In Which Hana Sasaki Grows A Tail

Three Scenarios In Which Hana Sasaki Grows A Tail Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail is a debut collection of stories from Kelly Luce Hana Sasaki will introduce you to many things among them an oracular toaster a woman who grows a ta

  • Title: Three Scenarios In Which Hana Sasaki Grows A Tail
  • Author: Kelly Luce
  • ISBN: 9780989275910
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail is a debut collection of stories from Kelly Luce Hana Sasaki will introduce you to many things among them, an oracular toaster, a woman who grows a tail, and an extraordinary sex change operation Set in Japan, these stories tip into the fantastical, plumb the power of memory, and measure the human capacity to love.

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    1. recommended this book to me just now based on what I'd read recently. Turns out I've already read it! Good call, .

    2. Please see my interview with author Kelly Luce (based on a complimentary advance reading copy of the book) right here.

    3. [3.5, but rounded up]I'm not sure why I expected this collection of short stories to be creepy, but I did and I was slightly misled by that. Though certainly strange, they're often delightful or beautifully haunting. Bizarre things happen, like people growing tails or a toaster predicting how people will die, but these are fully stories about reality and humans' relations to one another.All of these stories are based in or focused on Japan, where Luce lived for three years. What was so lovely ab [...]

    4. The elements of Kelly Luce's writing sneak up you. There is subtle humor, understated emotion, patient action. Even the fantasy is maintained at a slow boil, so you can watch as each bubble grows then pops. One could make the obvious comparisons - Aimee Bender and Kelly Link, for example - but the surreal and supernatural parts of Luce's stories read as whispers. Each story seems only half-aware of the magic within itself. These are high-concept stories in which the story masks the concept. The [...]

    5. Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail is both the debut collection of Kelly Luce and the debut title from the Austin-based small press A Strange Object. My, do they make a good team.Beautifully written and meticulously edited, Hana Sasaski contains a little over a hundred pages of stories that circle the subject of Japan. Writing from both insiders' and outsider's perspective, Luce constructs stories that sneak up on you. I found myself thinking about stories and images from this col [...]

    6. Luce’s carefully observed, contemporary Japanese settings include Tokyo, small country towns, and an out-of-the-way inn. Her stories feature Japanese teenagers, pensioners, and academics, along with American expatriates. As for her plots, well, Hana Sasaki is not the only character to grow a tail. The fantastic slips unobtrusively into her narratives. There is a toaster that can predict the cause of a person’s death. A rundown karaoke joint houses a gateway to another world. Coins tossed int [...]

    7. If imaginations were muscles Kelly Luce's would look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This book is full of clear, precise, beautiful writing (not "pretty" writing; there is a difference) and surprising insights to, as some writer once said (George Saunders?) "what it's like to be a goddamn human." If you're looking for something a little different, in a really good way, read this one.

    8. I picked this book out of sheer boredom: it was short and I felt some traces of Murakami are within, which makes me dislike a book without any sense of disappointment. Surprise! SURPRISE! This is how Mr. Murakami should learn to write his short stories: elements of magic/extraordinary/whatever you name it are there, but the stories are way way more humane. With precision, compassion and a wry humor, Kelly Luce makes deep cuts into the lives of her characters, and offers a closer look ofthese (mo [...]

    9. I had never heard of Kelly Luce before reading this collection, and I'm pretty impressed. Her style is very imaginative and, at times, surreal. Her best stories are enchanting to read. The last four or so stories were all so wonderful that I had to read them in one sitting. I enjoyed the theme of expatriatism in this collection--many of Luce's characters are outsiders, which provides intriguing internal conflict. All of the stories (if I'm not mistaken) take place in Japan but are narrated by/in [...]

    10. A hypnotizing selection of stories told with an insightful, lyrical voice. There is an air of danger, but also some humor, lots of heart, and a touch of magic—a very unique POV. I hear bits of Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, and Haruki Murakami in here, but Kelly is her own storyteller, and this slim volume was a pleasure to read.

    11. Extremely enjoyable debut collection. At certain moments felt a little like Murakami, but more often emotionally weird, rather than cerebrally surreal. Especially liked "Rooey" and "Amorometer" and "Ms. Yamada's Toaster."

    12. Transported me to a foreign land where, when something odd happens, well it's still odd, just not quite as odd as it should be. Captured my imagination and made me wish for more stories!

    13. I was turned onto this book at my local bookstore by the store manager who said it had hints of magical realism and was also their bestseller. My interest was piqued. Plus, the author had spent time in Austin at the Michener Center, which I thought was pretty cool. All the short stories had some relation to Japan, whether they were set in Japan or have Japanese characters or characters obsessed with Japanese culture. There were only 10 stories in this small book and I'd break them down into thre [...]

    14. The rare time I pick a book off the shelf and it's the right book for me beginning to end. There's a lot here that's magical, and you'll see many comparisons to the authors you'd expect, but I found myself comfortable in these stories in the same way I am in the stories of Alice Munro. If Munro's stories coil long and spiral in and out of their own tails, Luce's stories are the abbreviated versions and no less vivid and polite in their completeness for that abbreviation. Each story is a whole "s [...]

    15. Borderline 3.5/4 stars so it deserves the round up to 4. This is one of those collections that I look back on quite fondly - maybe even more so than while actually reading. Which is a good thing.Kelly Luce writes beautifully. That needs to be said first. Her prose is really stunning and I could read her writing for hours on end without stopping. So this collection of ten, I think, short stories was perfect for the readathon I was participating in. Many readers have drawn comparisons to Aimee Ben [...]

    16. I was in Austin Texas, looking for weird books, when this one caught my eye. Published by a small, local press called "A Strange Object", the book is just that. Dreamy stories of relationships, culture, pain, love, heartache, longing. The physical book is an odd shape and the cover has a strange almost rubbery feel to it. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is the occasional flicker of, " Oh god, these are such literary short stories its almost a cliché." A literary short story w [...]

    17. Sparse, eerie, odd and haunting, the Murakami-esque stories in this slim collection will leave you wanting more. Contrary to many story collections, this one picks up steam as it goes along, with its strongest stories near the end. At times, I was distracted by Luce's dialogue-- although the stories take place in Japan, many of the characters use distinctly American idioms, which pulled me out of the otherwise impeccably styled tales. The book is a sensual pleasure-- beautiful to read and hold.

    18. Dear Elizabeth McCracken, You were wrong. Luce is not my "new favorite short story writer." I did however find her stories to be a worthwhile read full of imaginative flourishes. "Wisher" is probably the most interesting and well constructed of the collection. "Reunion" is my personal favorite, mostly due to its use of whimsy, bordering on the surreal, to convey truth. And "Amorometer" is for all of us who know that reading novels can drive you mad, yet madness can be sublime.

    19. I feel like 50% of my reviews of short story collections contain the phrase " from a writer that definitely has a lot of talent and potentially has greatness to come "*ahem* I mostly enjoyed these unusual, quirky stories from Kelly Luce, a writer that definitely has a lot of talent and potentially has greatness to come.

    20. Even though I'm not normally a fan of short stories, I found this collection quite enchanting. I absolutely loved the story "Wisher" -- just incredibly touching & wonderful. Also really enjoyed the story "Amorometer" -- fun & hopeful. The author is American, but the stories all revolve around Japan in some way & most contain elements of magical realism. Definitely recommended.

    21. Just beautiful, perfect short stories, usually about one or two people, couples in Japan. Sometimes they are both Japanese, most often one or more are not. The magic and imagery reminds me of A.S. Byatt's great short story series. I highly recommend this little gem.

    22. Wonderfully weird, off-kilter short stories set in Japan. Ghosts, tails, mysterious devices, and people who aren't who they seem to be. <3

    23. Once I started each story, I had to finish it. "Reunion," a very short story near the beginning, I found particularly striking.

    24. full-stop/2013/11/19/rReview by Lauren FriedlanderThree Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail is not only the first collection from Austin-based writer Kelly Luce, but also the first book from Austin’s new independent press, A Strange Object. This revelatory debut that orbits around Japanese themes has been compared to the work of Haruki Murakami, but it has considerably more heart. It also evokes Karen Russell with similar deftness when handling the adolescent voice in all its heartbrea [...]

    25. "The tail is three inches long, and gleams silver with a lavender tinge, one end thin and flyaway, the other thick as rope." That would be Hana Sasaki's tail, and it is one of four tails, not three, despite the title of Kelly Luce's debut story collection, "Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail." The fourth tail belongs to a woman named Saki who may or may not be the same woman as the Hana Sasaki in the title story. But tails are not the strangest things growing in Luce's stories, se [...]

    26. A very quick and easy read. I am not the biggest fan of short story books, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. Some of the short stories are strange, always ending in somewhat of a cliffhanger. At first, I wanted to know what happened, or what the actually point of the story was, but the more I read her writing style, I found myself enjoying the unknown of the plot, and the everyday life that came through the pages.

    27. "In any case, Nozomi was reasonably good at being seventeen."This is an interesting collection of stories. Filled with whimsical ideas and dark undertones (such as a toaster that can predict how someone will die) as well as stories of loss and identity this is a book that makes you think. The collection is a great size where stories are a quick read but can take some time to digest.It's a good book for shaking up your perspective.

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