Out on 14 May 2020

Breasts and Eggs

Mieko Kawakami

Translated by Sam Bett
Translated by David Boyd
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14 May 2020
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'So amazing it took my breath away' Haruki Murakami, international bestselling author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles

Breasts and Eggs follows the lives of three women: the 30-year-old unmarried narrator who is desperate to have a child, her older sister Makiko, an aging hostess who’s obsessed with getting breast implants and her teenage daughter, Midoriko who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing. With humour and compassion, Kawakami paints a portrait of womanhood in contemporary Japan, probing questions of motherhood, beauty norms and how time works on the female body.

Breast and Eggs is a thrilling English language debut novel from Japan's brightest young talent, Mieko Kawakami.

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


I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami’s novella Breasts and Eggs . . . breathtaking . . . Mieko Kawakami is always ceaselessly growing and evolving. Perhaps someday she will return to the nearly perfect, natural primal world of Breasts and Eggs.

Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles

One of Japan’s brightest stars is set to explode across the global skies of literature . . . Kawakami is both a writer’s writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist who manages to be highly readable and immensely popular.

Japan Times