Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Novelist Departs From Her Usual Form.

Byline: Marika Brussel For the Journal

* American Book Award winner's previous works were written in Hawaiian Creole English

Lois-Ann Yamanaka is one of Hawaii's foremost fiction writers. Her third novel, "Heads by Harry," won the American Book Award in 1999. She won a Lannan Award in 1998. But her newest novel, "Father of the Four Passages," her sixth and due out at the end of February, is a departure from her earlier work, all written in pidgin or Hawaiian Creole English.

The latest novel is not.

"When I went to public school, pidgin was our first language, but there we weren't allowed to speak it or write it," Yamanaka said in a phone interview last week. …

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