In this unique collection of touching and heartfelt short stories, ten young Asian-American writers re-create the conflicts that all young people feel living in two distinct worlds — one of memories and traditions, and one of today. Whether it includes dreams of gossiping with the prettiest blond girl in class, not wanting to marry the man your parents love, or discovering that your true identity is ultimately your decision, these extraordinary stories by writers of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, Filipino, and Korean descent explore the confusion and ambivalence of growing up in a world different from the one their parents knew — and the choices we all must make when looking for a world to which we want to belong.
About Lori Carlson
Lori Carlson is an editor, writer, and translator who splits her time between New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina. She lectures at Duke University in the spring. She was married to the late author Oscar Hijuelos.
"This intriguing collection of short stories presents answers as individual as each writer’s voice — answers that transcend the color of skin, hair, and eyes and speak to the human heart….American Eyes crackles and burns, warms and illuminates."
— School Library Journal (starred review)
"Strikingly diverse in both form and content…While common concerns link the themes of these stories, the volume as a whole celebrates differences and the beautifully multiple variables of American life."