Liz Prato


>" . . . a rebuke to cultural appropriation, combined with tribute to a place she loves too much to make her own."

   New York Times Book Review

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“Searching, wise, intimate and illuminating, Liz Prato’s Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege is a complicated love letter to a place and a powerful reckoning of a life. I was moved and astonished by this beautiful book.”   —CHERYL STRAYED, author of  Wild  

“Liz Prato’s profound meditations on place dislocate and then relocate understandings of Hawaiʻi from the point of view of the non-native visitor. This book is a love letter to the land and people of Hawaiʻi, with a keen awareness that some people must let their story of this place go. Breathtaking." 
        —LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, author of Book of Joan 

"Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege is not only a breezy and appealing primer on how to negotiate  Hawai’i in both its astonishing variety, and the enormous advantages and nagging burdens of privilege; it’s also a moving memoir about familial loss and the reconstitution of an essential version of the self. Liz Prato is beautifully smart about how disempowerment works, and how to combat it."       
       —JIM SHEPARD, author of The Book of Aron, 
             and The Tunnel at the End of the Light


"We witness a deeply personal tale of love, loss, and honest accounting as the author comes to understand her relationship with the islands through the crucible of family.”  
   —KRISTIANA KAHAKAUWILA, author of This Is Paradise

“A brilliant meditation on cheeseburgers in paradise, Liz Prato’s fearless and tender investigation of our complex relationship with Hawai‘i will blow your mind. Hula dancers, aloha shirts, surfing, and the idyllic tropical vacation will never look the same."
    —KAREN KARBO, author of In Praise of Difficult Women




"Liz Prato’s characters blaze with humanity, sensuality, and hope. She rubs her characters together until they spark, in a book that throbs with heart."

—DYLAN LANDIS, author of Rainey Royal


"Baby's on Fire is a lamentation brimming with wit, candor, and the eternal possibility of mercy."   —STEVE ALMOND, author of God Bless America 

“Liz Prato’s stories are funny and warm as can be, so even when they are painful and sad, they still genuinely welcome a reader.” –AIMEE BENDER, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

"Prato’s prose is widely appealing and many-layered; her language is breezy and deceptively casual, while her content is visceral . . . [reminding] us that hope is bigger than our relative smallness."   —The Atticus Review




“I love this book like I love the ocean. The Night, and the Rain, and the River gets under your skin and travels your body from the first page. Each story brings you to the edge of your own heart. These writers will mark you for life."
      —LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, author of The Chronology of Water



“Like the varied and verdant landscape of the Pacific Northwest, the stories in The Night, and the Rain, and the River will make you gasp and grow your heart. These stories offer up bright light in our often overcast skies.”
    —NATALIE SERBER, author of Shout Her Lovely      Name