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When Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen was first published in Japan in 1988, "Banana-mania" seized th country. Kitchen won two of Japan's most prestigious literary prizes, climbed its way to the top of the best-seller list, then remained there for over a year and sold millions of copies. "Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen is an enchantingly origional and deeply affecting book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, kitchens, love, tragedy, and the terms they all come to in the minds of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan." (book jacket)
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780802142443
Branch Call Number: F Yos
Additional Contributors: Backus, Megan - Translator


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Nov 25, 2017

More little-girl sentimentality from the author.

Maybea Jun 22, 2012

My best friend handed me this book when I was having a rough time. It was like wrapping up in a warm blanket. A lovely, cozy, comforting book.

Apr 02, 2012

Really good book!

Sep 10, 2011

Two wonderfully simple stories about devastating loss and loneliness; and how love, friendship, and fried foods can help with healing the hole left behind by death.

ksoles May 19, 2011

"The place I like best in the world is the kitchen." So begins Banana Yoshimoto's off-beat, quirky yet charming novella. Both "Kitchen" and its accompanying story, "Moonlight Shadow," feature protagonists coping with grief and searching for comfort in seemingly endless uncertainty. But neither story imparts hopelessness; rather, they both highlight the daily joys of food, laughter, friends and city streets.

I very much enjoyed the "Japanese style" of this book (brilliantly translated by Megan Backus) - its deceptive simplicity underscored with evocative imagery, whimsy and poignant philosophy.


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Sep 10, 2011

I silently implored: May the memory of this moment, here, the glowing impression of the two of us facing each other in this warm, bright place, drinking lovely hot tea, help save him, even a little bit.


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