Kitchen (A Black cat book)

Kitchen (A Black cat book) Author Banana Yoshimoto
ISBN-10 0802142443
ISBN-13 9780802142443
Year 2006-04-17
Pages 160
Language English
Publisher Grove Press
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With the publication of Kitchen the dazzling English language debut that is still her best loved book the literary world realized that Yoshimoto was a young writer of enduring talent whose work has quickly earned a place among the best of contemporary Japanese literature Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers love tragedy and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free spirited young women in contemporary Japan Mikage the heroine is an orphan raised by her grandmother who has passed away Grieving Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother who is really his cross dressing father Eriko As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses Yoshimoto spins a lovely evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart In a whimsical style that recalls the early Marguerite Duras Kitchen and its companion story Moonlight Shadow are elegant tales whose seeming simplicity is the ruse of a very special writer whose voice echoes in the mind and the soul

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