“Of all my characters, I always feel most protective of Park and Eleanor,” Rowell, who is white, tweeted following the announcement.
Cards on the table: I haven’t read Eleanor & Park.
The critiques of this book are not new; Asian Americans writers (and readers) have been vocal about the racism in Eleanor & Park since its publication.
Omaha is a military town; people bring wives and husbands back from all over… So … in Eleanor & Park, Park’s dad gets sent to Korea because his brother has died in combat in Vietnam.
But as books like Eleanor & Park continue to find success, the representation conversation will churn on with depressing regularity.