Hopeful Monsters by Hiromi Goto – book cover, description, publication history. Scientific monsters or medical miracles? With the short stories in Hopeful Monsters, Burnaby writer Hiromi Goto calls on the theories of actual. In these devastating stories, the hopeful monsters in question are those who will not Hiromi Goto is the author of the novels Chorus of Mushrooms (winner of a.

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Sometimes a person’s body can become alien to them, and the portrayal of just how difficult breast-feeding might be worked to heighten that sense. Other editions – View all Hopeful Monsters: Some really great stories and some that I didn’t quite follow. Elliot Hanowski rated it liked it May 11, I hover, twenty feet in the air.

Account Options Sign in. Christian Hendriks rated it really liked it May 27, Many of the stories depict cross-cultural marriages between a Japanese and a Westerner; in “Camp Americana”, an old, traditional Japanese man struggles to come to terms with his son’s Westernized wife and children.

Hopeful Monsters

Solar Storms Linda Hogan. In her new book, Hopeful Monstersmonsters breastfeed, quarrel with their mothers, stumble through the night to the outhouse — because, you see, in Goto’s worlds, any one of us can be a monster.

Hiromi Goto US publication date: Thankfully, none of Goto’s stories leave one with the impression that all conflicts have been resolved. Rooted as they are in notions of family and self-identity, these stories address women with visions skewed and splintered by the pain and tenderness of new motherhood, men whose closest ties seem not only ephemeral but searingly strange, and those whose circumstance and psyches have ruptured their realities.


Hopeful Monsters is an invitation for us to reassess the “others” that we are so quick to sidestep in our daily lives — not simply the popularly denounced monsters, such as the sex offender, but also the smaller monsters, like the tyrannical boss, or the hostile neighbour. The voice of the moon that is ever turned away from our gaze, the song of suns colliding.

Two of the best stories, “Hopeful Monsters” and “Tales From the Hifomi, deal specifically with the trials of pregnancy and new motherhood.

The 80 Best Books of From “Stinky Girl” The unbearable voices of mythic manatees, the cry of the phoenix, the whispers of kappa lovers beside a gurgling stream. Elaine rated it really liked it May 31, There’s a constant tension underlying most of these gotto and yet, despite the fact that sometimes the characters’ anxieties come true, there is also hope.

The rest of the stories are just as good, and just as gripping.

Hopeful Monsters by Hiromi Goto

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The Best Jazz of We got this volume after listening to Goto read from “Tales From the Breast” at WisCon, and the end of the story was not a disappointment. She lives in Burnaby, British Columbia. I just couldn’t quite understand them.

Hopeful Monsters by Hiromi Goto

It brought Kawabata to mind. The sounds which permeate from my skin on such a level of intensity that mortal senses recoil, deflect beauty into ugliness as a way of coping. Perhaps that’s just my own bias, but Stinky Girl was my favorite, in part because it set up the character so vividly, and gave her a moment of true redemption and transformation, and in part because it was a voice that is so seldom heard in fiction.


Bertina rated it liked it Dec 12, In “Drift”, we watch an angry young woman on holiday with her meek mother; by the end of the story she has come to realize how poorly she’s treated her mother, and moved to make amends. Definitely a book to keep and re-read when you want to appreciate the human relationships. So I’ll be honest – while the writer and the reader in me agree that this collection is beautifully, even masterfully written, many of its subtleties are completely lost on me.

Common terms and phrases Aritha van Herk arms asked baby baby’s bassinet Baywatch belly beneath blinked blood Bobby Bobby’s body breast milk breastfeeding breasts breath camper caragana chest child cold dark diaper door Emiko eyes face feel feet fingers Gary gasped girl Gloria and Karl goldfish grandmother gulped ha-ha hair hand hear heart HIROMI GOTO Hisa Hisa’s Hisako hissed Hopeful Monsters inside Janine Jennifer jerked Jun’s Junko Kelsey Kenji kitchen Kleenex Kunio laughed legs lips looked love hotel macromutations mall Mama Masahiro Megumi mother mouth neck never night nipple nose nurse Oba-chan oka-san okay onigiris Osamu pain perineum pulled pushed screamed Shizuko shoulder shut sighed skin sleep smell smile snow someone sound stared started stink stop suck tail tears There’s thing thought turned voice wail walking watch whispered woman wonder yelled yukata.

Funny and a bit terrifying at the same time.