Out on 20 August 2020

Breasts and Eggs

Mieko Kawakami

Translated by Sam Bett
Translated by David Boyd
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20 August 2020
9781509898220
0 pages
Synopsis

A New York Times book to watch

'Breathtaking' Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
'Radical' Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation
'Uncommon precision' Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police
'Bold, modern and surprising' An Yu, author of Braised Pork
'Incredible and propulsive' Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times

On a hot summer’s day in a poor suburb of Tokyo we meet three women: thirty-year-old Natsu, her older sister Makiko, and Makiko’s teenage daughter Midoriko. Makiko, an ageing hostess despairing the loss of her looks, has travelled to Tokyo in search of breast enhancement surgery. She's accompanied by Midoriko, who has recently stopped speaking, finding herself unable to deal with her own changing body and her mother’s self-obsession. Her silence dominates Natsu’s rundown apartment, providing a catalyst for each woman to grapple with their own anxieties and their relationships with one another.

Eight years later, we meet Natsu again. She is now a writer and find herself on a journey back to her native city, returning to memories of that summer and her family’s past as she faces her own uncertain future.

In Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami paints a radical and intimate portrait of contemporary working class womanhood in Japan, recounting the heartbreaking journeys of three women in a society where the odds are stacked against them. This is an unforgettable full length English language debut from a major new international talent.

Mieko Kawakami lobbed a literary grenade into the fusty, male-dominated world of Japanese fiction with 'Chichi to Ran'('Breasts and Eggs')

Economist

As if traced before our eyes, objects close at hand are rendered with uncommon precision. An incredible display of nonchalance backed by careful diction.

Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police

Kawakami's prose is bold, modern, and surprising. Breasts and Eggs is a moving story about womanhood and modern life told through the lens of a supremely confident writer.

An Yu, author of Braised Pork