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Little Pieces: This Side of Japan    by Michael Hoffman order for
Little Pieces
by Michael Hoffman
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Virtualbookworm, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

Born in Canada, Michael Hoffman moved to Japan in 1982 and lives in Hokkaido. The six short stories in this book are truly little pieces, giving a brief glimpse into the lives of modern-day Japanese.

While the dialog is sprightly - Hoffman seems to get it just right - we have to content ourselves with bare-bones descriptions of people and places. In some stories, the plot does not seem to be very well developed. In others it is hard to understand the theme or point.

Since the subject matter is very interesting, we are left with a great appetite for more, perhaps in Hoffman's next work.

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