Winner of the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award of Excellence in Literature, FOLKS YOU MEET IN LONGS is simply magical. Through voice, Lee Cataluna conjures your neighbor, your co-worker, your raucous classmates, the old ladies you see in Chinatown, the uncles sitting in the garage, and you. Their images appear before you as you listen to Cataluna’s dead-on capturing of sound with an incredible sensibility, artistry, and poignancy.
—Lois-Ann Yamanaka, novelist
From HONOLULU Magazine’s 50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime:
“No other work celebrates and confronts who we are and how we live in these Islands as well as this collection of monologues”
Maui-born Lee Cataluna is the award-winning playwright of many of Hawaii’s best-loved and most-produced plays and musicals.
She was commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse and Honolulu Theatre for Youth to write the 2018 POP tour play, “Home of the Brave,” based on stories collected through hundreds of interviews with children from military families. Named in American Theatre’s 2018 list of Native Writers, her work for the stage includes “The Great Kauai Train Robbery,” inspired by the true story of her great-grandmother’s brother, Kaimiola Hali, who was wrongly convicted in Hawaii’s only train heist.
Her beloved book, “Folks You Meet in Longs,” published in 2005 and in its 6th printing, is studied in college literature and acting classes. Her novel,“Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa,” is a favorite of book clubs, and her children’s book, “Ordinary Ohana,” was selected for the literacy residency for Arts=Opportunity of California.
For more than a decade, she’s been a popular metro columnist for Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper.
She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and has taught writing both at an elite prep school and in a maximum-security prison.
— from leecataluna.com
—Folks You Meet in Longs and other stories - various reviews
Honolulu Advertiser columnist Cataluna is a genuinely talented storyteller with a canny ear for local rhythms of speech and behavior, and who apparently pumps out wonderful work in the same amount of time it takes the rest of us to type bylines. She's produced good stuff in the past, but this collection of interconnected stories about working-class Hawaii is really something special. Magical. Yes, around here, we all hate her.
—Isle Pages: New Releases from Hawaii authors - Honolulu Star-Bulletin