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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.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780802142443
Branch Call Number: FIC Yoshi
Characteristics: 152 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Yoshimoto, Banana 1964- Kitchin.


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Nov 25, 2017

More little-girl sentimentality from the author.

Maybea Jun 22, 2012

My best friend handed me this book when I was having a rough time. It was like wrapping up in a warm blanket. A lovely, cozy, comforting book.

Apr 02, 2012

Really good book!

Sep 10, 2011

Two wonderfully simple stories about devastating loss and loneliness; and how love, friendship, and fried foods can help with healing the hole left behind by death.

ksoles May 19, 2011

"The place I like best in the world is the kitchen." So begins Banana Yoshimoto's off-beat, quirky yet charming novella. Both "Kitchen" and its accompanying story, "Moonlight Shadow," feature protagonists coping with grief and searching for comfort in seemingly endless uncertainty. But neither story imparts hopelessness; rather, they both highlight the daily joys of food, laughter, friends and city streets.

I very much enjoyed the "Japanese style" of this book (brilliantly translated by Megan Backus) - its deceptive simplicity underscored with evocative imagery, whimsy and poignant philosophy.


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Sep 10, 2011

I silently implored: May the memory of this moment, here, the glowing impression of the two of us facing each other in this warm, bright place, drinking lovely hot tea, help save him, even a little bit.

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