All Gone Awry
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Andrew Kumasaka's All Gone Awry is fearlessly original: a sensitively written and timely novel that explores the complex maze of identity and belonging-and the critical role art can play to help us find our way.
Derek Conrad Murray, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture; University of California, Santa Cruz
Like life itself, All Gone Awry, the story of a quest for fulfillment, for an authentic, honest identity, is layered and complex. Kumasaka addresses who gets to be an artist and looks at the transformative power that art-making can have. What does that art look like? What are the risks one is willing or required to take for it? How do family, ethnicity, and cultural history inform and influence our present? And what about romantic love? All Gone Awry is a sweeping story that welcomes contradictions; it movingly prods us to reflect on our own questions of identity, morality, and our place in the world.
Patrice Vecchione, author of My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth
All Gone Awry is a literary treat awaiting readers who will enjoy this provocative novel narrating the evolution of Alex Arai from staid art history professor to obsessively driven graffiti artist. Risking everything to explore the Postmodern, alternative art world of graffiti, Alex aims to fulfill his dream of authentic self-expression, while wrestling with and redefining his own ethnic identity. But at what cost to his relationships, his career and even his freedom? A psychologically fascinating debut novel by Andrew Kumasaka.
Christine Z. Mason, novelist, author of Boundaries, Weighing the Truth, and The Ancient Stone City