Chorus of Mushrooms

book cover hiromi goto chrous of mushrooms“Hiromi Goto...has written a masterpiece of our times. feels like reading it over and over again.” ~The Herald (Harare, Zimbabwe)

“This novel is palpably audible—full of the taste of words that whip through the Alberta foothills and sting the migrant mind. Hiromi Goto has written a chorus of place and family and imagination with such clarity and sensitivity that our tongues rest in awe and ears feel cleansed.” ~Fred Wah

Since its publication in 1994, Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms has been recognized as a true classic of Canadian literature. Goto’s acclaimed feminist novel is an examination of the Japanese Canadian immigrant experience, focusing on the lives of three generations of women in contemporary Alberta. The 20th Anniversary edition, a reprinting of the landmark text includes an extensive afterword by Larissa Lai and an interview with the author, talking about the impact the book has had on the Canadian literary landscape.

The text has "remained important inside the academy, where it is taught all over the world through a range of different kinds of courses: including Introduction to Literary Study, Western Canadian Literature, Comparative Canadian Literature, Food and Multiculturalism, Women in Literature, and Asian Canadian Literature" ~Larissa Lai (Afterword, Chorus of Mushrooms, p. 239)

“Combined, this novel, afterword, and author interview provide an insightful conversation about language, history, race, culture, and storytelling that makes this new edition a celebration of the initial book and the meaningful ways it continues to impact its readers today.” Jenny Heijun Wills, The Winnipeg Review, July 3, 2014.

Chorus of Mushrooms has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, and the German edition will be published in the fall of 2020 by Cass-Verlag.


• Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Caribbean and Canadian Region, 1995)
• Co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award (1996)



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