Breasts and Eggs

Mieko Kawakami

£14.99

The bold novel about womanhood in today’s Japan

Paperback

Fiction > Fiction in translation

ISBN: 9781509898206

Published August 2020

432 pages

Description

“So amazing it took my breath away”
– Haruki Murakami

Breasts and Eggs explores the inner conflicts of an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing. Through the story of these women, Kawakami paints a portrait of womanhood in contemporary Japan, probing questions of gender and beauty norms and how time works on the female body.

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.

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Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm