The Beautiful One Has Come: Stories by Suzanne Kamata (Wyatt-MacKenzie, June 2011) is a collection of twelve stories about expatriates in Japan, Cuba, France and Australia. Stories from this collection have been previously published in literary journals and magazines such as Calyx, Kyoto Journal, Crab Orchard Review and Wingspan (All Nippon Airway's inflight magazine). The autobiographical story "You're So Lucky” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and “Polishing the Halo” about an expatriate mother in Japan who discovers that her daughter is deaf, was a prize-winner in the ANA/Wingspan Fiction Contest. Another story in this collection, “Driving,” was selected by renowned poet/playwright/novelist Nzotake Shange for inclusion in The Beacon Best anthology. An earlier combination of Suzanne's stories was runner-up for the Tupelo Book Prize, and a semi-finalist for the Iowa Fiction Prize.
Suzanne Kamata is an expat living in Japan. She's the author of the novel Losing Kei and editor of the anthologies Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs, The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan and the award-winning Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2009). Suzanne has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and she is a two-time prize winner in the All Nippon Airways/Wingspan Fiction contest.