I was really excited to find out that local author Lee Cataluna would be doing a reading here in Los Angeles to promote her newest novel, Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa (which is also Bamboo Ridge’s #99 issue). Her first book, Folks You Meet at Longs, is actually one of my all-time favorites. I remember that my friend Joni and I would read the monologues aloud together, laughing so hard that there were tears in our eyes. I love how she could simultaneously break your heart and yet make you laugh in the same paragraph. It’s one of the many talents I admire about her and her writing.
The event is next Tuesday (February 7th) at 7pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.
You can buy a copy at Bamboo Ridge’s online store here.
Below is a bit of information from Bamboo Ridge:
Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa, a novel by Lee Cataluna, is the story of Bobby, a bumbling, affable, small-town miscreant on Maui, and his wildly misguided attempts to go straight after serving three years in jail for a stupid drug-related offense. His sister Doreen lets him stay on her sofa until he gets his life back together . . . for a few days . . . a week at most . . .
Cataluna will read from her novel on Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Mark Haskell Smith, author of Delicious, said: “Lee Cataluna has written a book that is both laugh-out-loud funny and heart-wrenchingly poignant, often on the same page, as her ex-con narrator becomes a pidgin Shakespeare and guides us through the underbelly of paradise.”
Author R. Zamora Linmark writes:“Guaranteed to make you laugh and think while breaking your heart at the same time, Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa is Lee Cataluna’s blues rendition about that inevitable wear-and-tear called ‘home’ and the wounded people in it who love and lean on each other with hurt attached. Most of all, it is about redemption on the rocks, about one man’s desperate attempt to start all over, to hang on to whatever meaning’s left in his life, knowing the odds are against him. A remarkable debut novel—no, make that an instant classic—from one of Hawai‘i’s exciting and original voices.”
LA playwright Ed Sakamoto called Cataluna a “freakishly talented-crazy writer whose Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa is a bust-your-face, laugh-out-loud joy ride.”
Lee Cataluna was born on Maui and raised in plantation houses in Wailuku, Kōloa, and Ka‘u. She was a 2004 recipient of the Elliot Cades Award for Literature and her first book, Folks You Meet in Longs, received the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Excellence in Literature. Her play, Da Mayah, was included in the anthology He Leo Hou: A New Voice – Hawaiian Playwrights, which also received the Excellence in Literature Ka Palapala Po‘okela. After working for ten years in local television and radio, she became a columnist for The Honolulu Advertiser and currently writes for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser while a graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing program at the UC Riverside, Palm Desert campus.