Amy Yamada

AMY YAMADA, author of Fiesta, born in 1959, is widely considered the pioneer of a new generation of Japanese women novelists noted for their frank, sexually explicit portrayals of women's lives. Her first novel, Bedtime Eyes, published in 1985, is the controversial story of the relationship between a black American soldier and a Japanese woman. Since then, Yamada has written more than a hundred novels, essay collections, and short story collections, and has won many major literary prizes. Her novels Trash, Bedtime Eyes, Jesse, and The Piano Player's Fingers have been translated into English.