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About the author:
Pat Matsueda is a recipient of the Elliott Cades Award for Literature and the author of the poetry volumes Stray (Manoa Books/El Leon Literary Arts) and The Fish Catcher (Petronium Press). With Sheyene Foster Heller, she coedited Ms. Aligned: Women Writing About Men, an anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays by women.
Since 1992, she has been the managing editor of Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, an award-winning literary publication of the University of Hawaii Press.
See her website someperfectfuture.com for more information.
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Bedeviled: A Novella is the latest publication from Manoa Books (an imprint of The Manoa Foundation) and El Leon Literary Arts.
At war with the better angels of his nature, Ted Koga takes refuge in a realm of fantasy and sensuality. He comes to prefer it to his daily life, then discovers that it is as unsafe as it is seductive, as likely to expose his secrets as keep them. While the online identity he fashions helps him to survive, it also threatens the fragile realities of family, love, and faith in himself.
"Complex, in moments dark and in others wonderfully hopeful, Pat Matsueda's novella Bedeviled is, at its heart, about the struggle to forgive the self. When Ted Koga's addiction is outed and his career threatened, he tries to root out the evil in his life, not understanding just how deeply past betrayals, resentments, anger, and hurt can burrow, and how difficult it is to escape old patterns. Bedeviled asks essential questions: How do we process hurt? How do we forgive wrongdoing? And how do we heal, with-or without-the support of our families? Through her carefully crafted characters, Matsueda makes these philosophical questions powerfully real, and though she resists easy answers, her novella offers a sense of hope and vision." Kristiana Kahakauwila, author of This Is Paradise: Stories
"Bedeviled digs deeply into the emotional costs of addiction-sexual and substance-through the story of a family that self-destructs and then quietly stitches itself back together. With an empathetic eye, Matsueda explores addiction's roots in abuse and loneliness, and demonstrates how confronting pain-and making oneself vulnerable to love-can be a way to freedom. A dark, moving, and, ultimately, hopeful story." Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Green Island
"Resonant and true to place, Pat Matsueda's mesmerizing novella offers a glimpse into the unraveling of one man's life, along with a close look at a Hawaii few outsiders know. Matsueda is a master wordsmith." Phyllis Gray Young, author of Sea Home
"Bedeviled is a beautiful metaphor, surprising, riveting, and honest. Within its pages, Internet porn and the floating world seem made for each other, and are grounded in the human heart. The prose is spare and searching; the overall effect is luminous." Robert Shapard, coeditor of Flash Fiction International
"Told with charity, clarity, and insight, this story of an unassuming Everyman who has tried-and failed-to 'lead his life by the book' is a compelling and touching read. I loved Bedeviled and hope it finds a wide readership." Molly Giles, author of All the Wrong Places
- Publication Date:
- 0979950406 / 9780979950407
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Literary