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Hardboiled and Hard Luck

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Banana Yoshimoto's depiction of the lives of Japanese youth has changed her country's literature and earned international acclaim. In Hardboiled & Hard Luck, this internationally best-selling author delivers two tales of resonant grace, of young women coming to terms with change and heartbreak. In "Hardboiled," the narrator is hiking in the mountains on an anniversary she has forgotten about, the anniversary of her ex-lover's death. As she nears her hotel, a sense of haunting falls over her. That night she dreams of her ex-lover, and is visited by a woman who may not exist-perhaps these eerie events will help her make peace with her loss. "Hard Luck" features a young woman whose sister is dying and lies in a coma. Her fiancé left her after the accident, but his brother continues to visit, and as the two of them make peace with the impending loss of their loved one, they seem to find new hope for the future in their own new bond. Hardboiled & Hard Luck is a small jewel of a book, a work of resilient sweetness that will move readers deeply.

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"Like twins whose paths diverge dramatically, these two gentle stories share little beyond the mesmerizing voice of their creator. The surreal subject matter and dreamy narration of 'Hardboiled' make it read rather like a bedtime story gone awry. When the young female narrator realizes that it's the anniversary of her lover's death, several curious events suddenly make sense: a stone from a creepy shrine that finds its way into her pocket; a fire at an udon shop where she'd just been eating; and a nighttime visitation by the ghost of a woman who committed suicide. 'Harboiled' drags a bit, but 'Hard Luck' is a pleasure, even if it's almost as downbeat as its predecessor. This time, a young female narrator is standing watch over her older sister, Kuni, whose brain is slowly dying after a cerebral hemorrhage. As their parents gradually lose hope for Kuni's recovery, the narrator makes her own peace by forging a bond with her sister's fianc's brother. In this gemlike story, Yoshimoto (Goodbye Tsugumi) takes a subtle, graceful look at the relationship between the sisters and the fault lines in this grieving family, elevating her little book from fine to downright moving. Agent, Jennifer Lyons. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Banana Youshimoto's depiction of the lives of Japanese youth has changed her country's literature and earned international acclaim. In her latest work, she delivers two tales of resonant grace, of young women coming to terms with change and heartbreak.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802117991
Translator:
Emmerich, Michael
Publisher:
Grove Press
Translator:
Emmerich, Michael
Author:
Yoshimoto, Banana
Author:
Emmerich, Michael
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050609
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 9.6 oz

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Product details 160 pages Grove Press - English 9780802117991 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like twins whose paths diverge dramatically, these two gentle stories share little beyond the mesmerizing voice of their creator. The surreal subject matter and dreamy narration of 'Hardboiled' make it read rather like a bedtime story gone awry. When the young female narrator realizes that it's the anniversary of her lover's death, several curious events suddenly make sense: a stone from a creepy shrine that finds its way into her pocket; a fire at an udon shop where she'd just been eating; and a nighttime visitation by the ghost of a woman who committed suicide. 'Harboiled' drags a bit, but 'Hard Luck' is a pleasure, even if it's almost as downbeat as its predecessor. This time, a young female narrator is standing watch over her older sister, Kuni, whose brain is slowly dying after a cerebral hemorrhage. As their parents gradually lose hope for Kuni's recovery, the narrator makes her own peace by forging a bond with her sister's fianc's brother. In this gemlike story, Yoshimoto (Goodbye Tsugumi) takes a subtle, graceful look at the relationship between the sisters and the fault lines in this grieving family, elevating her little book from fine to downright moving. Agent, Jennifer Lyons. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Banana Youshimoto's depiction of the lives of Japanese youth has changed her country's literature and earned international acclaim. In her latest work, she delivers two tales of resonant grace, of young women coming to terms with change and heartbreak.
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