Winner of the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Po‘okela 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
This is Cataluna's best work since her debut, Da Mayah, taking off on what we've suspected all along-that Longs is Hawai'i's true gathering place.
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