One of my oldest friends, from Jr. High School, used to laugh at me for “always having my nose in a book.” Now, she is almost more of a bibliophile than I.
I came home from driving our neighbor to the eye doctor last week, and I found this new paperback on our kitchen counter from my friend. Knowing that I have an intense passion for Japanese literature, and finding some of it come her way, she purchased this for me at a bookstore in Bloomingdale. Here’s a brief synopsis:
In Asleep, Banana Yoshimoto, the internationally best-selling author of Kitchen, gives us three dazzling stories of young women bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning for a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, who has embarked on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself suddenly unable to stay awake. A third finds her sleep haunted by a woman whom she was once pitted against in a love triangle. Sly and mystical as a ghost story, with a touch of Kafkesque surrealism, Asleep is a delight. (back cover)
It will be one of my reads for the Japanese Literature Challenge 4. Thoughts from those who have already read it can be found here: Nymeth, Terri, Melody, and Amanda. Other Monday mailbox finds can be found here.