Hardboiled and Hard Luck

byBanana YoshimotoTranslated byMichael Emmerich

September 24, 2006|
Hardboiled and Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto
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In cherished novels such as Kitchen and Goodbye Tsugumi, Banana Yoshimoto''s warm, witty, and heartfelt depictions of the lives of young Japanese have earned her international acclaim and best-seller status. Her insightful, spare vision returns in two novellas possessed by the ghosts of love found and lost. In Hardboiled, the unnamed narrator is hiking in the mountains on an anniversary she has forgotten about, the anniversary of her ex-lover''s death. As she nears her hotel-stopping on the way at a hillside shrine and a strange soba shop-a sense of haunting falls over her. Perhaps these eerie events will help her make peace with her loss. Hard Luck is about another young woman, whose sister is dying and lies in a coma. Kuni''s fiance left her after the accident, but his brother Sakai continues to visit, and the two of them gradually grow closer as they make peace with the impending loss of their loved one. Yoshimoto''s voice is clear, assured, and deeply moving, displaying again why she is one of Japan''s, and the world''s, most beloved writers.
Banana Yoshimoto, 1964 - Novelist Banana Yoshimoto was born Mahoko Yoshimoto on July 24, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. She is the daughter of poet and commentator Yoshimoto Ryumei, who had an impact on the radical student movement of the late 1960's. She attended Tokyo's Nihon University, where she studied creative writing and won a faculty aw...
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Title:Hardboiled and Hard LuckFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7.25 X 5 X 0.42 inShipping dimensions:160 pages, 7.25 X 5 X 0.42 inPublished:September 24, 2006Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802142621

ISBN - 13:9780802142627

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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