Lizard

Banana Yoshimoto

| 2015

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"Yoshimoto's elegant, fey touch with such weighty themes as despair and fate, [and] her urban images distilled and shimmering as haiku . . . continue to make her a welcome and uniquely assured voice." --Paper magazine Banana Yoshimoto's warm, witty, and heartfelt depictions of the lives of young Japanese have earned her international acclaim and best-seller status, as well as a place among the best of contemporary Japanese literature. In Lizard, now available in Grove Press paperback, Yoshimoto deftly fuses traditional and pop culture to create contemporary portraits of love and life. These six tales explore themes of time, healing, and fate--and the journeys of self-discovery through which young urbanites come to terms with them. In "Newlywed," an unhappily married young man deliberately misses his stop on the train, only to be questioned by a shape-shifting homeless man about the trials...

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