Synopses & Reviews
Bananamania" has returned in an enchanting new novel of uncanny sulbtlety, style, magic, and mystery that Frank Ramirez of the South Bend Tribune
declares is "every bit as good as Yoskimoto's first book ... perhaps better."
A celebrated Japanese writer has committed suicide, leaving behind a collection of stories written in English, N.P. But the book may never be published in his native Japan: each translator who takes up the ninety-eighth story chooses death too -- including Kazami Kano's boyfriend, Shoji. Haunted by Shoji's death, Kazami is inexorably drawn to three young people whose lives are intimately bound to the late writer and his work. Over the course of an astonishing summer, she will discover the truth behind the ninety-eighth story -- and she will come to believe that "everytking that had happened was shockingly beautiful enough to make you crazy.
Robert Johnson Denver Post The disturbing, ironic, relentless clarity of Kazami's voice casts a spell....
The disturbing, ironic, relentless clarity of Kazami's voice casts a spell....
Kathleen Byrne Toronto Globe and Mail Miraculous....[A] poignant achievement that draws its power from an atmosphere of earnestness -- from that honesty of youth, untouched by cynicism....deceptively simple.
About the Author
Banana Yoshimoto was born in 1964. She has won numerous prizes in her native Japan and her first book Kitchen has sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Tokyo. Kitchen is available from Washington Square Press.