“Nikkei literary pioneer re-examined“ reviewed by Naomi Hirahara, Nichi Bei Weekly, July 19, 2018
It’s an extremely readable book, a must-have companion piece to Okada’s novel … Abe, who lives in Okada’s early stomping grounds of Seattle, wrote the precise, well-researched 100-page biography of the author.
“John Okada,” reviewed by Jeff Fleischer, Foreward Reviews magazine, summer 2018
The book begins with a detailed biography of the author by Frank Abe … This is a strong compilation, mixing Okada’s writing with copious analysis of it, and telling a story of his life that both echoes and informs his best-known work.”
“New book looks behind the surface of Seattle classic, No-No Boy,” reviewed by Vince Schleitwiler, International Examiner, September 6, 2018
“Abe’s invaluable biographical essay also matches No-No Boy’s street-level geographical precision, mapping Okada’s Seattle childhood from the Yakima Hotel, run by his family, to Bailey Gatzert, the old Broadway High, and beyond.”
“Most welcome of all, the book presents Okada’s early writings, many in print for the first time. Okada’s voice is often funny and satirical. In an essay in the book, Floyd Cheung writes that the early pieces reveal Okada already considering ‘the absurdities of a world unhinged.'”