Block Seventeen by Kimiko Guthrie audiobook

Block Seventeen

By Kimiko Guthrie
Read by Natalie Naudus

Blackstone Publishing 9781982678401


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Runtime: 9.97 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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Akiko “Jane” Thompson, a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian woman in her midthirties, is attempting to forge a quietly happy life in the Bay Area with her fiancé, Shiro. But after a bizarre car accident, things begin to unravel. An intruder ransacks their apartment but takes nothing, leaving behind only cryptic traces of his or her presence. Shiro, obsessed with government surveillance, risks their security in a plot to expose the misdeeds of his employer, the TSA. Jane’s mother has seemingly disappeared, her existence only apparent online. Jane wants to ignore these worrisome disturbances until a cry from the past robs her of all peace, forcing her to uncover a long-buried family secret.

As Jane searches for her mother, she confronts her family’s fraught history in America. She learns how they survived the incarceration of Japanese Americans, and how fear and humiliation can drive a person to commit desperate acts.

In melodic and suspenseful prose, Guthrie leads the reader to and from the past, through an unreliable present, and, inescapably, toward a shocking revelation. Block Seventeen, at times charming and light, at others disturbing and disorienting, explores how fear of the “other” continues to shape our supposedly more enlightened times.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this multilayered tale, a Japanese-American woman struggles to make sense of what’s real in her life…Finely written…On one level, it’s an immigrant story. On another, it’s a story of a people betrayed by society. A story of how cultural wrongdoing impacts subsequent generations. And a story of how the children of immigrants attempt to reconcile their American lives with the lives of those who came before them.” Washington Independent Review of Books
“In her debut novel, Kimiko Guthrie creates an alternately whimsical and nightmarish thriller in which the mystery seems to remain just out of reach…With Block Seventeen, Guthrie has recreated the fear of the other and created a hauntingly visceral experience that will linger on the fringes of the amygdala.” Salon
“Guthrie’s unsettling style, winding from present to past and back again, is many things at once: A ghost story, a love story, a family story, a suspense story. It’s speculative fiction with serious roots and contemporary relevance, since Jane’s search leads her through both past and present politics, the kind that vilify one group in order to make another feel safe. Yet her light touch and frequent reminder of small human pleasures (Japanese shaved ice, Cap’n Crunch cereal, a retro wedding dress) make the novel a strangely easy, dreamlike read despite its tough themes.” Lit Hub
“Natalie Naudus brings thoughtful gravitas to the narration of Kimiko Guthrie’s debut…Naudus skillfully navigates between the novel’s two time periods…Her characterizations are authentic and believable, and her ability to capture this novel’s unsettling atmosphere sets this audiobook apart.” AudioFile
“Together with Jane, we discover that a return to sanity for Jane and understanding for us will require recognition and an embrace of the multi-generational trauma inflicted by the Japanese-American internment of World War II, which we have all labored to deny. I highly recommend this book.” Midwest Book Review
“A sultry summer story, in which not all is as it seems…[A] powerful, lyrical work…Dorothea Lange and other conscientious photographers documented the internment experience, but nothing feels as real as the squish of mud, the bitter taste of fear, as described by Jane/Akiko and her mother. The other strong comparison I can make is with Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman. If you’re the kind of reader who devours Atwood, you’ll probably want to tuck in to Kimiko Guthrie.” Fresh Fiction
“At this darkly divisive moment in our republic’s history, Block Seventeen stands as a manifestly timely work that addresses historical trauma, the fragile nature of identity, the folds of history and memory’s fissures. It is replete with surprises, sudden turns, and multiple voices while unblinkingly dramatizing the profound and enduring, intergenerational psychic scars left by the World War II Japanese American internment experience. Yet the novel is not without a knowing, redemptive humor as its characters attempt to find and define themselves not only in the unstable space between two cultures, but in the shifting terrain between past, present, and an unforeseeable future. Its quiet urgency speaks to us all.” Michael Palmer, author of The Laughter of the Sphinx
“Compelling…A twenty-first-century ghost story offers chills in this…promising debut.” Kirkus Reviews
“The reader is taken back and forth in time in an absorbing…narrative that is purposeful in its examination of how we seem to be reliving past horrors, speeding back down the same road, this time on the high-octane fuel of technology. This promising and totally immersive debut, rich in Japanese American culture, is as devastating and evocative as Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine, with a Hitchcockian overlay of suspense.” Booklist
“Striking and beautiful, Block Seventeen includes reflections of family, legacy, secrets, and trauma that will shake readers to the core.” Ms. Magazine
“A layered mystery shrouded in grief, paranoia, and intergenerational trauma, set in the Bay Area but located in the half-hidden histories of many of its residents who lived through the Japanese American internment camps of the not-so-distant past.” Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do
“Kimiko Guthrie has written a breezy, accessible novel that manages to defy multiple genres. Block Seventeen is part love story, part supernatural ghost tale, part family history, and part political thriller, with nothing less than the Japanese internment in America during World War Two—and today’s treatment of immigrants—coursing through its haunted, beating heart.” Susan Jane Gilman, New York Times bestselling author
“Block Seventeen grabbed me from the first page and held me in delightful suspension till the last. A young Japanese American woman’s current life collides with the unresolved ancestral pain of her foremothers in a swirl of mystery, current-day politics, profound love, and near-madness—all couched in gorgeous prose. Guthrie is an outstanding novelist that I hope we will hear from again soon.” Sarah Shourd, author of A Sliver of Light and The Box
“In Block Seventeen, Kimiko Guthrie blends horrors both supernatural and all too real to create a moving portrait of family, love, and the myriad ways trauma can haunt us across generations. This is a beautiful book, one that will linger in the reader’s heart long after its final pages.” Shaun Hamill, author of A Cosmology of Monsters
“Lightning has struck twice with Block Seventeen. With this profound and devastating look at generational trauma, Kimiko Guthrie has not only penned a stunning debut, but a vital work of speculative fiction.” Cadwell Turnbull, author of The Lesson
Block Seventeen is a moving, compelling novel about intergenerational trauma and a woman’s process of integrating the various known and mysterious threads of her identity. The narrator, Jane (birth name Akiko), is the daughter of a woman who spent part of her childhood in Japanese internment camps. As the story moves back and forth between the contemporary Bay Area and the camps of the 1940s, we come to understand the tragedies that are passed down through a family, even unarticulated, which shape and, often, contaminate the present. Each of the three women in the book—Jane, her mother, her grandmother—searches for ways to evade unbearable loss, each in her separate context. Kimiko Guthrie has written a book in which what seems like surrealism or even magical realism can be understood as the efforts of troubled souls to make sense of experiences that cannot be rationally explained; in light of what is gradually learned about Jane’s family history, these experiences reveal themselves to be fragments of a painful collective and personal legacy. Guthrie’s book is poetically written and psychologically astute. I loved it.” Anita Barrows, PhD, poet, psychologist, and author of We Are the Hunger
“Great crimes are never forgotten, and the World War II internment of the Japanese Americans continues to cast a long shadow. Block Seventeen traces parallels between past and present with a story that is sobering, hopeful, and always beautifully written.” David C. Fathi, director, ACLU National Prison Project



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Author Bio: Kimiko Guthrie

Author Bio: Kimiko Guthrie

Kimiko Guthrie is the cofounder of Dandelion Dancetheater and a lecturer at Cal State East Bay. She holds an MFA in choreography from Mills College. She lives intergenerationally in the Bay Area with her husband, kids, and parents. Block Seventeen, which was inspired by her experience growing up with a mother who was incarcerated in a Japanese American internment camp, is her first novel.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Hardcover, Paperback
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English