This is the coming-of-age story of twenty-year old Yurika Song, a Korean-Japanese woman who comes from Japan to New York City for a summer to work with her Korean relatives and improve her English. Yurika's friends back home have always joked that she is half-sushi/half kim-chi. But cross-Asian ethnicities turn out to be far less jarring than her entree into New York life in the guise of bicycle messengers and the street culture in which they thrive.On one level this is a tale of mistaken love--Yurika falls hard for an attractive, but dangerous, Puerto Rican bicycle messenger nicknamed Bone. But on ather, deeper level, our heroine finds freedom in this new language, which to her is like a huge octopus, very clever and sometimes hard to catch.
Born and raised in New York City to a Japanese father and Hungarian mother, Jiro Adachi earned his B.A. from Columbia University and a M.F.A. from Colorado State University. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City, where he teaches writing at The New School University.