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Breasts and Eggs

Breasts and Eggs

By Mieko Kawakami

Paperback | ISBN 9781509898213

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Harry Hartog's review

I'm a huge fan of portrayals of real emotion, the sort that tend to really make us question the ways we behave as humans and how much better we really should be doing. The dialogue, enjoyably philosophical at times, highlighted the immense reality of societal issues that surround independence, class, gender in regards to the creation of life. Read when: you're looking for that novel that pulls you in, the one you don't want to put down. - Ben, Head Office

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'Breathtaking' - Haruki Murakami author of Norwegian Wood
A New York Times 'Notable Book of 2020' and one of Elena Ferrante's 'Top 40 Books by Female Authors'

On a hot summer's day in a poor suburb of Tokyo we meet three women: thirty-year-old Natsuko, 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 Natsuko'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 Natsuko 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 English language debut from a major new international talent.

'Bold, modern and surprising' - An Yu, author of Braised Pork
'Incredible and propulsive' - Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times

Translated from the Japanese by Sam Bett and David Boyd.

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781509898213
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Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 432
Width (mm): 130
Height (mm): 196
Depth (mm): 28

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