"'Volcano' is an admirable work, an exploration of heritage and ethnicity in which, as it unfolds, the author makes sense of his history. Garrett Hongo's story is his own; he doesn't seek to define the Asian-American experience. Yet through his heartfelt examination of his family, he does reveal one universal truth: the importance of understanding one's provenance. 'Without the larger family,' he writes, 'without root in time and place, without the oracle bones of ancestry, we rage...Every singer of every mountain of magnificence in every land knows it. I wish you knowing. I wish you a land.'"Hongo, Garrett is the author of 'Volcano a Memoir of Hawaii', published 1996 under ISBN 9780679767480 and ISBN 0679767487.