Mailbox Monday: Yoshimoto’s The Lake Give-away

How delighted I was to receive four copies of Banana Yoshimoto’s latest novel, The Lake, from Melville House publishers. Their publicist had seen my longing for this book here, and he kindly offered to send me a copy or two. As the book won’t be published until May 3, 2011, I’m so excited to receive one now.
I can’t read it yet, as my Lenten promise is not quite fulfilled, so here’s my plan: I’m going to give away one for this post today, one for my review post when I’ve finished it, and one for the Japanese Literature Challenge 5 which will begin June 30, 2011. That way, there will be multiple chances for you to obtain a copy of your own. Which you’ll want. Because Banana Yoshimoto is awesome.
Advance praise for The Lake:
“The simplicity of this elliptical novel’s form and expression belies its emotional depth. There’s almost an artistic sleight of hand in the latest from Yoshimoto…a novel in which nothing much seems to happen yet everything changes.” ~Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Yoshimoto’s marvelously light touch is perfectly captured by Emmerich’s pristine translation.” ~Publishers Weekly
“Yoshimoto aficionados who have savored any of the dozen-plus novels she’s written over the last three decades since she became a near-instant pop literary phenomenon with Kitchen will recognize her signature crisp, clipped style…and revel in her latest cast of quirky characters. Newbies with a penchant for Haruki Murakami’s mind-bending protagonists or Yoko Tawada’s sparse precision will do well to begin their so-called Bananamania with this beguiling title.” ~Library Journal
For a chance to win? Simply leave a comment. I’ll draw a winner for next Monday, May 2, 2011.

Mailbox Monday is hosted this week by Passages To The Past.

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47 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday: Yoshimoto’s The Lake Give-away”

  1. I really enjoyed Goodbye Tsugumi, so I would love to be entered, IF the giveaway is international. If it isn't I can understand. :-)Lucky you for receiving these copies and great that you're doing the giveaway.

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  2. You got four copies of Banana Yoshimoto's latest book? Awesome, awesome! Sad that you cannot read it right away – the book must be peeking out from your bookshelf and really tempting you 🙂 Hope you enjoy reading it whenever you get to it.

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  3. How fantastic, thanks for doing a giveaway! I didn't even know there was a new Yoshimoto book coming out, she's one of my favorite writers!Is it very difficult not to read this one right away? But this way you have something that is sure to be great to look forward to! 🙂

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  4. Your wish was answered – how awesome! I would definitely love to enter this giveaway! I love Yoshimoto's work! Thanks to your JLC's I've gotten to know Yoshimoto's works and am eager to read her latest book.

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  5. Enter me please. I am not sure I have ever read a book by this author but I am always looking for books for the reading challenge. treewaterduchess at yahoo dot com

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  6. I can't wait to read this book, and would love to win a copy. Please enter me, Bellezza! cuc15 at psu dot eduI have enjoyed reading the New Testament this week, by the way! I finally bought a study bible, and it's been wonderful. Too crazy to post, but still wonderful. Looking forward to a summer full of reading! Col

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  7. Wow talk about wishes coming true, but with the wish comes the Temptation, we're heading into the realms of myths & legends !. Well first Congrats on receiving the books & second please chuck my name into the hat, as this is an author I've not read yet, but am is in my TBR & this would be just the necessary reasoning that would get me started.

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  8. This one sounds wonderful! I probably need to raid Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn's bookshelves for more titles for the Japanese literary challenge (she's going to college this year with her major being East Asian Studies, so her bookshelves are stocked with many I haven't yet read!) Thanks for the chance to win! (It's awesome that they sent you copies because of your gush, too! Woot!)knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I'd love to read this. I know I've read something by Banana Yoshimoto before, but it was so many years ago I don't remember which book it was. Isn't that terrible?

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  10. Awesome. They look so beautiful. I have read two of Yoshimoto's books for the JLC 4 and enjoyed them so much. I still have a copy of Lizard waiting to be read and would love to add The Lake to it.

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  11. Ooooh, Banana Yoshimoto IS awesome! And how generous of the publisher to share a few extra copies. I'd love to throw my name in the mix. 😉

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  12. Oh boy oh boy!!! I would love to read this book because – don't hate me – this would be my first Banana Yoshimoto. He has been on my "list" for a while now, but I just haven't made it to reading him. Having a copy would definitely bring me around. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  13. Having just read your more recent post, now I'm wondering if this will be the first book you dive into, post-Lenten season. I've never read Yoshimoto, so toss my name in the hat.

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  14. I just recently discovered Haruki Murakumi's work. I shut out the world and engulfed myself in Norwegian Wood, After Dark and Sputnick Sweetheart almost immediately upon my discovery. Seeing that Yoshimoto was influenced by Murakami means I will have to seek out her writing soon as well. Thank-you for the reccommendation. There is nothing like finding a hidden gem in the world of books. 🙂

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