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A stunning portrait of Asian Americans in 1960s and ’70s San Francisco, I Hotel is a remarkable collection of 10 related novellas. Touching on such topics as Japanese internment camps and the Marcos dictatorship, the book presents readers with characters of rich design. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This powerful, deeply felt, and impeccably researched fiction is irresistibly evocative and overwhelming in every sense.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Yamashita’s] novel is breathtaking in its scope, and its energy and innovation make it a good fit with the exciting and transformative time period that it covers…I Hotel demonstrates how complicated and finally irreducible history is—the many voices and perspectives it comprises, the divergent and winding paths it takes, the way it confounds conventional narrative. Yamashita celebrates this complexity, and she’s such a deft storyteller that you’ll end up celebrating it with her.”

    Women’s Review of Books

  • “One of the things that is so amazing about Karen Tei Yamashita’s most recent novel, I Hotel, is that she not only retrieves the sad beauty of a particularly fraught period of a particularly squalid community—Asian Americans in San Francisco during the 1960s-70s—but that she does so in a way that is also exhilarating, celebratory…Which is why we need novels like I Hotel: to patiently help the world remember itself.”

    American Book Review

  • “As original as it is political, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking, I Hotel is the result of a decade of research and writing that included more than 150 personal interviews…[and] will be dog-eared and underlined and assigned to college reading lists for generations…In the end, the way I Hotel accounts for the Asian American movement is both sweet and sour. And for all the losses Yamashita records, there are, we know, great achievements as well. High among them is this beautiful book.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Exuberant, irreverent, passionately researched…Yamashita’s colossal novel of the dawn of Asian American culture is the literary equivalent of an intricate and vibrant street mural depicting a clamorous and righteous era of protest and creativity.”


  • “A multiform swirl of a novel about a decade in the life of San Francisco’s Chinatown and, by extension, the Asian experience in America…With delightful plays of voice and structure, this is literary fiction at an adventurous, experimental high point.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The breadth of I Hotel’s embrace is encyclopedic and its effect is kaleidoscopic. It wants to inform and dazzle us on the confusions and conclusions on the question of culture and assimilation.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Smart, funny, and entrancing.”


  • “As in her previous works, Yamashita incorporates satire and the surreal in prose that is playful yet knowing, fierce yet mournful, in a wildly multicultural landscape…A passionate, bighearted novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Brilliant…[Yamashita’s] ambition is achieved with efficiency, showmanship, and wit…A surgically deft depiction of the political entwined with the personal…I Hotel’s complex taste lingers and haunts, like something alive.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Winner of the 2010 California Gold Medal for Literature
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Patty "Need to Read" | 2/8/2011

    " I don't like literary tricks. This books is trying too hard to be "literary." Though the subject is interesting and the point of view unique, the book trips over its own cleverness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate | 1/20/2011

    " I gave up. Lots of research with nothing to grab onto and care about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Zuzu | 1/18/2011

    " I have never been so relieved to read the final sentence in a book. I am berating myself for continuing to read this messy, often incoherent, account of an otherwise interesting era. Where was her editor? It is with profound happiness that I now escape into a mystery novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gaurett | 11/13/2010

    " It read to much likea text book to me. Very interesting topic of Bay Area Asian community in the 60's and 70's. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Tei Yamashita

Karen Tei Yamashita is one of the foremost writers of her generation, receving praise from such publications as the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. I Hotel, which took over a decade to write and research, is considered her magnum opus. She has won many awards, including an American Book Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award. A California native who has also lived in Brazil and Japan, she teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity in 2009.