Book: What book would you like to see made into a movie?
Submitted by Felipe Anuel.
I don't even recall how I came upon reading this novel, but through all these years it has stuck with me. It details a year in the life of Jane, a Japanese-American documentary filmmaker who accepts a proposal from the American beef industry. Her job is to make short films targeted at middle class Japanese homemakers. The goal is to entice them to buy more beef by showing how easy it is to prepare western-style beef recipes (which were the rage at one time, I guess). Jane travels around the US, shooting film of the various "families" whose recipe is the heart of each episode. As she visits factory ranches, she realizes with increasing horror what actually goes into the beef which eventually lands on the tables of carnivores worldwide, and the effects of practices which continue today.
Shocking as the information is (and true, we now know), there are numerous other stories intertwined within this strange, industrial thriller. She faces the trials of her own intimacy bound up with the poignant story of her Japanese mother's journey to midwestern America and why the author was an only child.
A strange, disturbing, cinematic novel. I read it in one straight shot, it was that good. I don't know why I still eat meat after reading this. I must be crazy.