Fiction. In her first novel, journalist and award-winning playwright Lee Cataluna follows the adventures of a small town miscreant through his alternately hilarious and tragic life. THREE YEARS ON DOREEN'S SOFA is the story of Bobby, a bumbling, affable ne'er-do-well, and his wildly misguided attempts to go straight after serving three years in jail for a stupid drug-related offense. His sister Doreen lets him stay on her sofa until he gets his life back together. Heartwarming and heartrending at the same time, this book, says the Honolulu Weekly "may open up a whole new era for Hawai‘i literature."
Lee Cataluna was born on Maui to a Part-Hawaiian father and a Portuguese mother. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of California, Riverside. After college in California, she came home to Hawai'i to start a career in journalism. Her work for theater includes commissions from La Jolla Playhouse (What the Stars See at Night); Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ipu); Arena Stage (Emma Riot); and San Francisco Playhouse (Sons of Maui). Her script Funeral Attire won the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award from Native Voices at the Autry. Her play Heart Strings received a ReImagine: New Plays in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) grant and was developed at Atlantic Theater Company, New York City. Her play Home of the Brave is produced in schools around the country. Her books include FOLKS YOU MEET IN LONGS and THREE YEARS ON DOREEN'S SOFA, both published by Bamboo Ridge Press, and Ordinary 'Ohana, published by Bess Press. She also has a piece published in the Dramatic Publishing anthology I Have a Story: Plays from an Extraordinary Year. Her work has been supported by National Endowment for the Arts Grants.