I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakamis novella Breasts and Eggs . . . breathtaking . . . Mieko Kawakami is always ceaselessly growing and evolving -- Haruki Murakami Incredible -- Yoko Ogawa, author of<i> The Memory Police</i> Breasts and Eggs, which caused a small sensation upon its publication in the UK and US last year, was a fierce yet thoughtful tale of working-class womanhood * New Statesman * Bold, modern, and surprising -- An Yu, author of<i> Braised Pork</i> It is Tokyo as it is lived in, not a film set * New York Times * If you like Sheila Heti, you'll love Mieko Kawakami * NPR * A dazzling intellectual thriller by a new Japanese literary star . . . stunning * Financial Times * Breasts and Eggs is stunning - its rage, wry humour and nihilism rendered with real care. -- Olivia Sudjic, author of <i>Sympathy</i> Incredible and propulsive -- Naoise Dolan Fierce and sweet and I would like the rest of Kawakamis work translated, please -- Sarah Moss, author of<i> Summerwater</i>, in <i>The Times</i> Mieko Kawakami is a writer of rare candour and brilliance -- Rnn Hession, author of <i>Leonard and Hungry Paul</i> Already a literary sensation . . . Kawakami writes with unsettling precision about the body its discomforts, its appetites, its smells and secretions. -- Katie Kitamura * New York Times * An original and deeply moving novelthat is by turns hilarious, sexy, devastating, and always unforgettable. Breasts and Eggs crackles with provocative insights into the passage of time, friendship, money, and the pleasures and pains of living in a body. -- Laura van den Berg, author of <i>The Third Hotel</i> One of Japans brightest stars is set to explode across the global skies of literature . . . Kawakami is both a writers writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist who manages to be highly readable and immensely popular. * Japan Times * Mieko Kawakami lobbed a literary grenade into the fusty, male-dominated world of Japanese fiction with 'Chichi to Ran'('Breasts and Eggs') * Economist * Kawakami is emerging as one of Japans most prominent young literary voices, with thoughtfulness and eccentricity at the heart of her prose * Culture Trip * So finely crafted, every few lines could be a haiku, and you almost forget how difficult it must have been to create something so perfectly simple. And when you notice the clarity, meditativeness, eccentricity, quirk and wit in her writing, you immediately understand how Murakami could be inspired by a writer like this -- Praise for <i>Ms Ice Cream Sandwich</i> * Ladies Finger * The novel details the lives of three women: the 30-year-old unmarried narrator, her older sister Makiko, whos obsessed with getting breast implants and her daughter, Midoriko. With humour and compassion, Kawakami explores female oppression in Japan, reproduction rights and motherhood * Now Magazine * Originally published in Mieko Kawakamis native Japanese, the authors stellar 2008 novel Breast and Eggs is being translated to English for the first time ever this month, opening her bold writing up to a wider audience * Dazed and Confused *
Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIMEs Best 10 Books, and the highly-acclaimed Heaven, her second novel to be translated and published in English, which Oprah Daily described as written with jagged, visceral beauty. Born in Osaka, Japan, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet before publishing her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World. Known for their poetic qualities, their insights into the female body, and their preoccupation with ethics and modern society, her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Kawakamis literary awards include the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.