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Mieko Kawakami

Mieko Kawakami

Mieko Kawakami is the author of the international bestseller Breasts and Eggs, a 2020 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the highly acclaimed Heaven, one of TIME’s Best Books of 2021. Her most recent novel is All the Lovers in the Night, which Hamilton Cain described as “her most accomplished novel yet” in Oprah Daily. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and in 2007 published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World. Known for their poetic qualities, insights into the female body, and preoccupation with ethics and modern society, her books have been translated into over twenty languages and are available all over the world. Kawakami’s literary awards include the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo.

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Our Spring-Summer 2020 catalog is here!
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Out in paperback this spring, two award-winning, international bestsellers by women in translation: Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs and Valérie Perrin’sFresh Water for Flowers
Award-winning author Mieko Kawakami says she is happy to “stir things up” in her drive to depict the world as she sees it, as well as the experiences of people who might otherwise go unnoticed.

Latest reviews

  • “6 Paperbacks to Read This Week”
    — The New York Times, Aug 14 2022
  • “The writing is sensual, in that it’s enriched by senses....this novel reaches farther outside the boundaries of the self than many of the books it might be compared to.”
    — Baffler, Jul 12 2022
  • “Kawakami’s new novel is lyrical, dark.”
    — The Brooklyn Rail, Jul 1 2022
  • “By highlighting the inner lives of outsiders, Kawakami’s work takes aim at the social structures of class and gender. As in Breasts and Eggs, which explores reproductive autonomy, All the Lovers in the Night challenges societal strictures.”

    — Financial Times, Jun 10 2022
  • “Brilliant prose underscores the pain and ecstasy of thriving in the margins.”
    — The Boston Globe, Jun 10 2022
  • “The attention to sensory experience is particularly keen, concise, and meaningful...The startling vividness of Kawakami’s images draws the reader deeper into the emotional intensity of the scenes.”
    — The Atlantic, May 22 2022
  • “A tapestry of moments that leads to a subtle awakening of selfhood, along with an added element of romance...[Kawakami's] keen insight focuses not only on love and loneliness but also on work and personal fulfillment.”
    — Japan Times, May 12 2022
  • “As one of the most insightful and important writers of our time, Mieko Kawakami delivers another extraordinary exploration of relationships, work and the intimate connections that (may) make it all worthwhile.”
    — Ms. Magazine, May 6 2022
  • “[An] engrossing, fine-boned new novel, deftly translated from Japanese by Sam Bett and David Boyd....with this consummate novel, Kawakami’s star continues to rise, pulsing against a night that’s anything but holy.”
    — The Washington Post, May 5 2022
  • “Kawakami’s novel is uncompromisingly candid in its appraisal of the harm women inflict on one another, while never losing sight of the overarching structures that lead them to do so in the first place. Compact and supple, it’s a strikingly intelligent feat.”
    — The New York Times Book Review, Apr 30 2022
  • “Kawakami—the author of titles such as Breasts and Eggsand Heaven—has crafted another atmospheric, subtly beautiful novel.”

    — TIME Magazine, Apr 28 2022
  • ★ “Candid and searing, Kawakami's latest is another brilliantly rendered portal into young women’s lives.”
    — Booklist (Starred Review), Apr 1 2022
  • ★ “Kawakami writes with the tender and incisive sensibilities of a poet. She never prescribes the right way to live, but Fuyuko becomes a happier person because of her relationships with others. An unforgettable and masterful work.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Mar 30 2022
  • “Spring 2022 New Releases: In Translation”
    — Book Riot, Mar 23 2022
  • “The author dazzles with her exploration of emotions... An invigorating and empowering portrait. It’s a winner.”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Mar 15 2022
  • “Immediate, incisive, and unfailingly honest.”
    — Entertainment Weekly, Jan 25 2022
  • “Breasts and Eggs was my first introduction to [Kawakami's] emotionally resonant perspective on intimacy and what it means to inhabit a body as a woman in Japan.”
    — Amazon Book Review, Aug 25 2021
  • “A slim and wrenching meditation on the bounds of friendship and shame.”
    — Amazon Book Review, Aug 25 2021
  • “Heaven is not simply a supremely fascinating and compelling read. It is also a tale that has the power to transform your own personal philosophy altogether.”
    — Asia Media International, Jul 23 2021
  • “Kawakami never lets us settle comfortably, which is a testament to her storytelling power. Long after finishing the novel, I find myself recalling its harrowing details and troubling contradictions.”
    — Los Angeles Review of Books, Jul 19 2021

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