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
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