Mieko Kawakami started her career as a singer songwriter and is now a prize-winning and bestselling author in Japan. Her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth and The World, was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Japan, and was awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. Her second novella, Breasts and Eggs, won the Akutagawa Prize. Kawakami’s first full-length novel, Heaven, won the Ministry of Education’s Fine Arts Award for Debut Work and Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Her collection of short stories Dreams of Love, Etc. won the Tanizaki Junichiro Prize. Breasts and Eggs, an expanded version of the novella, is her first full-length novel translated into English.