Eat the Coconut Doughnut tells the story of people whose relationships are as replaceable as the rental rooms they move in and out of throughout the trendy, low-rent neighborhoods of 1990s San Francisco, and as disposable as the clothes they get cheap from thrift stores. Bobi Wood’s powerful prose explores three years in the lives of three women trying to get by with as much luck and as little money as possible. Eat the Coconut Doughnut is a darkly funny examination of how we become ourselves. It is a love story and a manifesto of the first wave of “Generation X” from the perspective of the underclass while skirting the intersection of the personal and the political, and the malleability of identity, especially of biracial America: an America whose citizens struggle to find their own place in the world as both cultural heritages disown the other.
‘One powerful aspect of Bobi Wood’s writing is her sense of scene. San Francisco itself was a character. We get a lot of descriptions of the fog, the cold, the streets, the Haight, the Mission District…the city was alive in full ’90s fashion and it made its presence all too painfully clear to the protagonist.’ – Vicki Pipher-Moore
‘Names and identities are in flux. Who we present ourselves to the world is not always how we present ourselves internally. Eat the Coconut Doughnut is a tale for anyone who is caught between two worlds and trying to find their own path.’ – Ami Lovelace
‘The ’90s were a time where Laurence Fishburne caused riots when he kissed Irene Jacob on the silver screen in Othello. Eat the Coconut Doughnut captures this spark, this intense powder keg moment, and translates it into the effects on the everyday person. If you want a real glimpse of modern racial heritage in ‘enlightened’ America, look no further.’ – Jim Phoenix
‘Eat the Coconut Doughnut is the book I wish I had growing up. The struggles presented here are uncannily familiar to my life and many of my friends’ lives growing up in the ’90s. It is a history we cannot forget.’ – Lamar Jenkins
About the Author
Bobi Wood attended NYU’s graduate department of journalism, from which she earned an M.A. in print journalism. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, arts editor, newspaper managing editor, marketing writer and science writer. Eat the Coconut Doughnut is her first novel. She lives in New York.