Title: Kitchen
Author: Banana Yoshimoto, Megan Backus (translator)
Published: 1988
Language: English (translated from Japanese)
Pages: 150
Rating: 4/5

This contains two stories of women in contemporary Japan, dealing with grief, life and love.

Quite some time ago, I stumbled across this on Instagram and I just instantly felt like this was something I would like - and I was right, it was wonderful.

This book contains two different stories, one longer one (about 110 pages) and a short one (40 pages), but they deal with a lot of the same themes: life in the modern world, overpowering grief and love. Though both were pretty good, I prefer the first one over the last, as I found I was much more connected to the characters in the first one.

I especially loved how the author captured sadness and the thought of being alone. I also love how the author manages to make ordinary life into something worth reading about by using beautiful language, which transforms it into something special. It's simple but lovely.

I would recommend this book if you like slow stories about life. I also think if you've read other Japanese authors and liked their work, this would suit you, as it has something to it that seems to only come out of the East.
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