This collection of early stories from Hiromi Kawakami opens readers to a world of a fantastical Japan. Pulling from deep within Japanese narrative traditions, Kawakami revitalizes the weird with tales of shapeshifting con men, people possessed by fox spirits, a tale of love between ancestors born 400 years apart, deftly mixing traditional ideas with modern settings and sentiments. A great introduction to Japanese literature for the curious.— Ed
Included in The New Yorker's Best Books of 2023
Stories from a Japanese master of transformative fiction, where reality,
myth, and human foibles meet shifting dimensions of gender, biology,
From the bestselling author of Strange Weather in Tokyo comes this otherworldly collection of eight stories, each a masterpiece of transformation, infused with humor, sex, and the universal search for love and beauty-in a world where the laws of time and space, and even species boundaries, don't apply. Meet a shape-shifting con man, a goddess who uses sex to control her followers, an elderly man possessed by a fox spirit, a woman who falls in love with her 400-year-old ancestor, a kitchen god with three faces in a weasel-infested apartment block, moles who provide underground sanctuary for humans who have lost the will to live, a man nurtured through life by his seven extraordinary sisters, and a woman who is handed from husband to husband until she is finally able to return to the sea.