Davis author presents her memoir at Avid Reader

By June 11, 2011

Davis author Brenda Nakamoto will present her book, “Peach Farmer’s Daughter,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.

The unconventional, poetic, yet gritty memoir evokes Nakamoto’s childhood as the daughter of a peach farmer in rural Northern California, investigates her roots as sansei (third-generation Japanese-American) and movingly reflects on the decline of her aging parents.

Nakamoto’s deep connections to the land, farming, family and the complexities of personal and family history give her work weight and balance, a news release said.

Writer Rae Gouirand praises the book: “In this remarkable memoir, life floats between land and sky, people are transformed by work, dirt comes in both clean and dirty varieties, roots are deepened across time and space, and luck is given its place among the fruits.

“Storytellers generally bend and enter their hands into the stream of the story they’re telling, but it’s rare that they’ll show us so gorgeously what the blur of love does to them in the telling. To the grown daughter, the world in front of us delivers us always to new love for what we’ve come from.

“It is impossible to step into this story without stepping into a new relationship with time. In these pages you will come undone as simply and completely as you have been grown.”

Enterprise staff

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