My Year of Meats (Paperback)

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In her debut novel, Ozeki presents documentarian Jane Takagi-Little lands a job producing a Japanese television show which is sponsored by an American meat-exporting business. While working on the show, she uncovers some disturbing facts about a dangerous hormone called DES. Humorous, disturbing and wonderful. You will never look at a slice of beef the same way.

— From Tracy


A cross-cultural tale of two women brought together by the intersections of television and industrial agriculture, fertility and motherhood, life and love--the breakout hit by the celebrated author of A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki's mesmerizing debut novel has captivated readers and reviewers worldwide. When documentarian Jane Takagi-Little finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show that just happens to be sponsored by an American meat-exporting business, she uncovers some unsavory truths about love, fertility, and a dangerous hormone called DES. Soon she will also cross paths with Akiko Ueno, a beleaguered Japanese housewife struggling to escape her overbearing husband. Hailed by USA Today as "rare and provocative" and awarded the Kirayama Prize for Literature of the Pacific Rim, My Year of Meats is a modern-day take on Upton Sinclair's The Jungle for fans of Michael Pollan, Margaret Atwood, and Barbara Kingsolver.

About the Author

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City. Visit and follow @ozekiland on Twitter.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140280463
ISBN-10: 0140280464
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 1999
Pages: 400
Language: English