Breasts and Eggs

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About the Author

Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel, Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME's Best 10 Books of 2020. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, in 2007. Her writing is known for its poetic qualities and its insights into the female body, ethical questions, and the dilemmas of modern society. Her books have been translated into many languages and are available all over the world. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Kawakami lives in Tokyo, Japan.


"A sharply observed and heartbreaking portrait of what it means to be a woman, in Japan and beyond."--TIME, The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020

"Fantastic."--Kat Chow, NPR

"Stunning."--Financial Times

"Raw, funny, mundane, heartbreaking."--Jane Yong Kim, The Atlantic, Best Books of 2020

"Kawakami writes with unsettling precision about the body...she is especially good at capturing its longings."--Katie Kitamura, The New York Times

"I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs."--Haruki Murakami

"Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami is as confronting and modern as its title suggests. I love Kawakami's depiction of what it is to be female today in Japan."--Natalie Portman, Natalie's Book Club

"Mieko Kawakami's characters live in a world that is made up almost entirely of women but is decidedly not made for them."--Sarah Chihaya, New York Review of Books

"A unique, direct voice--almost every page contains sentences that stop me in my tracks."--Marta Bausells, LitHub

"Will transcend cultural barriers and enchant readers."--Alina Cohen, New York Observer

"Mieko Kawakami's first full-scale novel to be translated from Japanese into English reveals what a Catherine Wheel of talent she is, how unplaceable and unique."--John Freeman, Literary Hub

"A striking portrait of contemporary working-class womanhood."--New Statesman

"Addresses the multifaceted nature of what it means to move through the world as a woman."--Ploughshares

"Kawakami's prose is bold, modern, and surprising. Breasts and Eggs is a moving story about womanhood and modern life told through the lens of a supremely confident writer."--An Yu, author of Braised Pork

"Within an affecting portrait-of-an-artist-in-transition, Kawakami deftly, deeply questions the assumptions of womanhood and family--the bonds and abuses, expectations and betrayals, choices and denials."--Terry Hong, Booklist

"A feminist masterwork."--Entertainment Weekly

"[Kawakami's] voice is intimate, musical, at times wry and powerfully observant to the inner lives of women and girls."--Kali Fajardo Anstine, ELLE Magazine

"Breasts and Eggs speaks to the stories of Lucia Berlin; there is the same sense of a dispassionate but honoring gaze cast on working-class women, dogged and unsentimental in their survival."--Hermione Hoby, 4 Columns