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My Year of Meats | [Ruth Ozeki]

My Year of Meats

Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.
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Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

How Jane's and Akiko's lives intersect in wacky crosscultural collisions provides romance, humor, intrigue, and even a muckraking message about questionable meat and the Wal-Martification of America.

Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker. She is also the author of My Year of Meats and, most recently, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 for A Tale for the Time Being. Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut, by an American father and Japanese mother. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest. She divides her time between British Columbia and New York.

©1998 Ruth Ozeki (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A well-crafted, often comic story of the personal and political" (Observer)

"A nice blend of humour and strangely affecting optimism. Ozeki has written a book where dread and hope coexist. Neither is given short shrift or magicked away" (New York Times)

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  • Mrsp
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    3/28/14
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    "A wonderful, original, perfectly written novel."
    If you could sum up My Year of Meats in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, clever, inspiring...it has lifted my spirit and made me part of this journey. Wonderful characters populate this book spanning across two different and great cultures. The narrator is also excellent!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley
    7/7/14
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    "Powerful and thought provoking"
    Where does My Year of Meats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates among the few top audiobooks I've listened to so far. I especially liked the way Ruth Ozeki wove fact and fiction seamlessly into the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Year of Meats?

    The scene in the slaughterhouse was well written both in content and description.


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    Anna Field reading Japanese with ease, and her ability to change her voice effortlessly to portray the characters, added so much to the story.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me rethink my attitude towards buying and eating meat, and challenged my complacency with regard to the subject.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book is a must read for everyone!

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