I’d never heard of the International 3-Day Novel Contest before picking up this book at my library a week ago. According to their website, it is an annual contest held every Labour Day weekend, whereby one attempts to write a novel in 72 hours. It sounds painfully difficult, but also very cool.
I mention this because today’s review is of the book that won the contest in 2010.
Terroryaki! by Jennifer K. Chung is a short novel, essentially a novella, about Daisy, a Taiwanese-American who is struggling to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Meanwhile, her sister is marrying a man who isn’t Asian, her parents spend their time watching Korean dramas, and what’s the deal with that weird gothic food truck that keeps popping up around town? Interspersed throughout the story are restaurant reviews from Daisy’s food blog, Teriyaki-Do: The Way of the Teriyaki. I don’t know if the restaurants mentioned are real or fictional, but I was definitely left wanting some teriyaki by the end of the book!
I’ll be keeping an eye out both for more from Chung, and for other winners of the contest.