CFBA Blog Tour—Sushi for One?


Camy Tang is a new, up-and-coming author, a savvy blogger who built a substantial following even before her first novel, Sushi for One? (Zondervan) hit bookstores.

Her debut novel, a multi-cultural romantic comedy (or comedic romance), is bound to be a hit.

The Story. Protagonist Lex Sakai, a single, Christian Asian-American in a matriarchal family run by match-making Grandma, fends off unwanted attention from the numerous men sent her way. But Grandma, holding the purse-strings and the power over other family members, gives Lex an ultimatum: find a boyfriend or funding for the volleyball team Lex coaches will come to an end. The search begins.

Strengths. Tang is a good writer. Her scenes are vivid, her characters each painted as individuals. For readers who enjoy slapstick comedy in their novels, there’s much to laugh at—spilled dinners, baby-throw-up, spewed coffee (or was it tea?), and lots of tripping and falling. One endorsement compares this book to the hilarious movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Weaknesses. The story had some minor problems most readers in the target audience won’t notice. For instance, Lex, a sports fan, gets a job with an online sports company working as a liaison with college alumni associations. At one point she is acquiring tickets for an upcoming football game, then days later chatting about a scout attending a recent baseball game. Problem is, only in professional sports do baseball and football overlap. In college, the seasons are most definitely separate. A little thing, and certainly nothing that would mar the story for most.

I had questions, however, about the introduction of some serious subjects in this light-hearted story. Some serious topics inherit to the story seemed to be brushed over. Grandma, for instance, is never confronted about her manipulation of her family. And, though a point is made that Lex is a Christian, this seems to be important only because she insists upon dating guys who are Christian. Others who claim to be Christians lie, sleep with their boyfriend, use people, any number of things that are never dealt with in more than a cursory way. But added to that, towards the end, after proper foreshadowing, we learn of Lex’s real problem.

***SPOILER ALERT***

It turns out, she keeps her distance from men because she was raped a number of years ago.

***END SPOILER ALERT***

All that to say, for a light-hearted story, Sushi for One? introduces some heavy-duty subjects, and some of these are developed while others are brushed over.

Recommendation. For readers who enjoy multi-cultural romance, especially stories with a light-hearted tone, with slapstick humor, and yet with the introduction of serious subjects, I recommend this book.

Published in: on September 7, 2007 at 11:39 am  Comments (4)  
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