My Year of Meats
A modern-day take on Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
With reality, humor, and a message about corporate greed, veteran filmmaker Ruth Ozeki weaves together the story of two women a world apart. 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 an American meat-exporting business. But along the way, she discovers some unsavory truths about love, honor, and a particularly damaging hormone called DES that wreaks havoc with her uterus. 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 cross-cultural collisions provides romance, humor, intrigue, and even a muckraking message about questionable meat and the homogenization of America.
This is the perfect fiction companion to The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food.
'Ruth Ozeki masks a deeper purpose a light tone...A comical-satirical-farcical-epical-tragical-romantical novel.' -- Jane Smiley Chicago Tribune 'A joy to read.' Elle 'Wonderfully wild and bracing...A feast that leaves you hungry for whatever Ozeki cooks up next.' Newsweek 'Romance, agri-business, self-discovery, cross-cultural misunderstanding-it takes a talent like RuthOzeki's to blend all these ingredients beautifully together. My Year of Meats is a sensitive and compelling portrait of two modern women.' -- Arthur Golden author of Memoirs of a Geisha
Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut by an American father and a Japanese mother. She has lived in Japan, where among other things she worked as a bar hostess and studied flower arrangement, Noh drama and mask carving. Ruth practises Zen Buddhism and was ordained as a priest in 2010. She is the bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being and All Over Creation.