After the death of their benefactor, who died in shocking and mysterious circumstances, her surviving extended family members set off on a journey through forbidden romance, suffering and grief culminating in a spiritual experience on a Pacific island.

ISBN: 9780571193745 Author: Yoshimoto, Banana Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 3rd September 2001 Imprint: Faber & Faber Cover: Paperback Dewey: 895.635 (edition:21) Pages: 366 Language: English Edition: Main Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

A celebrated actress who has died in mysterious and shocking circumstances leaves behind an unconventional extended family that includes an older sister, a woman in her twenties through whose eyes the story unfolds; a young brother who possesses mystical powers; and a fiancé who is writing a novel with uncanny parallels to his own story.

‘Her novels can have the effect of addictive drugs . . . Pathos, nostalgia, the sense of exquisite sadness at the fleetingness of life are key elements of beauty in Japanese aesthetics, and all are themes central to Yoshimoto’s books.’ The Times

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