My Year of Meats

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ruth Ozeki

Narrated By: Anna Fields

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2005

Duration: 11 hours 16 minutes


Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally. How Jane's and Akiko's lives intersect in wacky crosscultural collisions provides romance, humor, intrigue, and even a muckraking message about questionable meat and the homogenization of America.


  • Liza

    Ruth Ozeki is becoming one of my favorite authors. After enjoying A Tale for the Time Being earlier this year, I decided to read another one of her books and loved it. Ozeki is not only a very talented story teller, with an engaging plot, incredibly intriguing story, well described characters that are easy to love, connect to (or despise), she is also dealing with a very sensitive topic, the terrible beef industry. Few authors can do such master work, without preaching, without blaming, just telling a story with many facts that makes the reader think and shiver (Kingsolver Barbara did it with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, but Ozeki is doing it way better here). Like Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being it deals with Japanese and American people, with the different cultures, and with the connection (especially between women). The book discusses also misogyny, and corporate corruption. Delightful and breathtaking!

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