Every Drop Is a Man's Nightmare by Megan Kamalei Kakimoto

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Every Drop Is a Man's Nightmare
Cover of Every Drop Is a Man's Nightmare by Megan Kamalei Kakimoto
Author(s) Megan Kamalei Kakimoto
Published August 29th, 2023
Genre(s) Short Stories, Horror, Magical Realism, Women's Fiction
Age group Adult


Megan Kamalei Kakimoto's wrenching and sensational debut story collection follows a cast of mixed native Hawaiian and Japanese women through a contemporary landscape thick with inherited wisdom and the ghosts of colonization. This is a Hawai'i where unruly sexuality and generational memory overflow the postcard image of paradise and the boundaries of the real, where the superstitions born of the islands take on the weight of truth.

A childhood encounter with a wild pua'a (pig) on the haunted Pali highway portends one young woman's fraught relationship with her pregnant body. An elderly widow begins seeing her deceased lover in a giant flower. A kanaka writer, mid-manuscript, feels her raw pages quaking and knocking in the briefcase.

Every Drop Is a Man's Nightmare is both a fierce love letter to Hawaiian identity and mythology, and a searing dispatch from an occupied territory threatening to erupt with violent secrets.

Trigger Warnings

  • Abortion
  • Attempted Incest (half-sisters, thought about)
  • Blood
  • Child Abuse
  • Colonialism
  • Crappy Significant Others
  • Diet Culture
  • Fatphobia
  • Fetishization of the Hawaiian Culture
  • Graphic depictions of Child Birth
  • Harmful Beauty Standards
  • Masturbation
  • Menstruation
  • Miscarriage
  • Negligent Parenting
  • Pedophilic Overtures
  • Premature Birth
  • Puberty
  • Sexism
  • Sexual Situations (consensual, some involving minors)
  • Sex Work
  • Supernatural Horror
  • Under age drinking
  • Verbal Abuse


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Mixed native Hawaiian and Japanese women(*)
  • Lesbian Mixed native Hawaiian and Japanese women


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