Loreen Lilyn Lee
Seattle writer Loreen Lilyn Lee reads today from her much awaited new book, The Lava Never Sleeps: A Honolulu Memoir (Willow Books/Aquarius Press). “Quiet, understated, and effective, Lee's memoir exerts a calm but insistent pull on the reader. It clasps the reader's hand with a gentle invitation to follow her as she examines her life, telling what had been left untold for so long. As she reconstructs her Hawaiian childhood and reflects on her adult years, she considers the effect of her Chinese family's patriarchal and misogynistic traditions on both. The straightforwardness of the narrative belies the turmoil beneath the surface, her story like lava that flows gracefully while bubbling with heat. Her musings on what might have been, her reflections and analysis of her choices or lack of them, her awakening to her own needs and strength, and her appreciation of the full richness of her Chinese, American, and Hawaiian heritage make a rewarding read.” --Donna Miscolta.
Loreen Lee is an alum of Hedgebrook, VONA, the “It’s About Time” reading series and Jack Straw Writers.