From Library Journal
In this translation of a best-selling novel first published in Japan in 1987, the young narrator, Mikage, moves into the apartment of a friend whose mother is murdered early in the tale. What seems like a coming-of-age melodrama quickly evolves into a deeply moving tale filled with unique characters and themes. Along the way, readers get a taste of contemporary Japan, with its mesh of popular American food and culture. Mikage addresses the role of death, loneliness, and personal as well as sexual identity through a set of striking circumstances and personal remembrances. "Moonlight Shadows," a novella included here, is a more haunting tale of loss and acceptance. In her simple and captive style, Yoshimoto confirms that art is perhaps the best ambassador among nations. Recommended for all fiction collections.- David A. Berona, Westbrook Coll. Lib., Portland, Me.
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"Ms. Yoshimoto's writing is lucid, earnest and disarming . . . [It] seizes hold of the reader's sympathy and refuses to let go." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times""Banana Yoshimoto is a master storyteller. . . . The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. The language is deceptively simple." --"Chicago Tribune""Yoshimoto shouldn't be shy about basking in her celebrity. Her achievements are already legend."--"The Boston Globe""A meditation on the transience of beauty and love...Melancholy and lovely." -"The Washington Post Book World"
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