Mission Memorial Auditorium
Sunday, May 6, 11:15 am
Featured in the Aloha Shorts special, “Folks You Meet with Lee: The Fiction, Plays, and Thoughts of Lee Cataluna” being recorded for Hawaii Public Radio.
The segment will feature a selection from her recently published novel, Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa (parental discretion advised), scenes from The Great Kaua’i Train Robbery and Folks You Meet In Longs and Other Stories, and some of Lee’s favorite newspaper columns read by Donalyn Dela Cruz, Moses Goods III, Wil Kahele, Stephanie Kong, Devon Nekoba, Kiana Rivera, and Lee Cataluna herself. Book signing with Lee in the Bamboo Ridge tent immediately following the taping.
Title of latest book: Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa
Genre: Adult fiction
Bamboo Ridge Press; October 2011
Paperback; $18.00; 244 pages; not illustrated
The book: THREE YEARS ON DOREEN’S SOFA is the story of Bobby, a bumbling, affable ne’er-do-well, and his wildly misguided attempts to go straight after serving three years in jail for a stupid drug-related offense. His sister Doreen lets him stay on her sofa until he gets his life back together. Hilarious and heartwarming, this is a fun read that you won’t want to miss.
Lee Cataluna’s new book, THREE YEARS ON DOREEN’S SOFA, is a highly imaginative and finely crafted story that could only have been written by someone who was born with an “Organically Grown in Hawai‘i” stamp on her soul. In a dark comedy, we follow the dizzying adventures of Bobby, an anti-hero who stumbles through life along an inevitable avenue of trouble. Satirical, raunchy, fantastic, absurd, and always hilarious, Lee takes local humor beyond the cutting edge and into a whole new realm.
— Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, author of MURDER CASTS A SHADOW
“The stories I like best, both as a writer and as a reader, are about average people doing extraordinary things in order to live lives of dignity and purpose. This novel, “Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa,” isn’t like that, though. The protagonist is an antihero who barely tries and often fails gloriously and uproariously. I think maybe he was a supporting character in a story I was hatching who just stepped forward and demanded that he have his own book.”
Readers must ultimately decide how to interpret Bobby, as well as his story and Cataluna’s book. Whether seen as good-natured satire, compassionate depiction of the underbelly of local life, or something else entirely, “Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa” promises an unexpected and memorable rollercoaster ride on the back of a truly singular character.
Lee Cataluna was born on Maui and raised in plantation houses in Wailuku, Koloa, and Ka‘u. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in 1988, and in 1999 was named Distinguished Young Alumna of the University. She is now a graduate student in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. After working for ten years in local television and radio, she became a columnist for The Honolulu Advertiser and currently writes for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She is a 2004 winner of the Cades Award for Literature for her body of work and served as the 2004-2005 Keables Chair at ‘Iolani School. Her award-winning plays have been produced in theaters around Hawai‘i and her collection of short stories, FOLKS YOU MEET IN LONGS (Bamboo Ridge Press, 2005), was awarded the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Excellence in Literature in 2006.
Cataluna’s other books:
Folks You Meet in Longs and Other Stories; Bamboo Ridge Press; January 1, 2005