Cynthia Kadohata Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the importance of the family in Cynthia Kadohata’s fiction?

Kadohata has said that travel has always inspired her fiction. What function does travel have for plot and characters of her novels?

In Kira-Kira, Katie and Lynn are close but also two different sisters. What are some of their differences, and what, if any, are their similarities?

What is the relationship like between daughters and mothers in Kadohata’s first and fourth novel? What are some complicating factors in these relationships?

What is your view of Kadohata’s decision to move the story of her second novel into the future? Was it a successful creative choice?

What is the importance of Kadohata’s Japanese American background for characters, settings and plots of her first and fourth novel?

What are some examples of the detached style in which Kadohata’s young woman narrators talk about the things they observe in their worlds?