Dead-End Memories: Stories

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Counterpoint LLC
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5.5 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

BANANA YOSHIMOTO is the author of the international bestseller Kitchen. She has published ten books in English translation, including Goodbye Tsugumi, Asleep, and, most recently, Moshi Moshi. Her work has been translated and published in more than thirty countries. In Italy, she won the Scanno Literary Prize in 1993, the Fendissime Literary Prize in 1996, the Maschera d'Argento Prize in 1999, and the Capri Award in 2011. She lives in Tokyo.

ASA YONEDA was born in Osaka and studied language, literature, and translation at the University of Oxford and SOAS University of London. Her translation works include Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto and The Lonesome Bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya. She lives in Bristol, U.K.


Yoshimoto's resonant collection centers on women struggling through challenging events. Though the characters in each of the five stories have been struck by bad luck and duplicity, they are intrinsically good-natured and are also greatly influenced by the generational traditions of their forebears . . . Yoshimoto embellishes these gorgeously written gems with sensual descriptions of food and sex, and makes them memorable by showing how the women set themselves free from misfortune via friendship and resilience. This is a gem. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Banana Yoshimoto is one of our greatest writers; in Dead-End Memories, she is absolutely at her best. Written with tenderness, complexity, generosity, and warmth, Yoshimoto's characters are entirely singular, and also a finely wrought reflection of ourselves. This book is masterful--a portrait of the absurdity, brilliance, horror, and love encompassing daily life--and, in her delivery, Yoshimoto is a master. --Bryan Washington, author of Memorial

"Reading Banana Yoshimoto is like taking a bracing, cleansing bath. These gentle yet formidable stories in Dead-End Memories rinse away the unimportant minutiae of life, leaving behind only the essential." --Ling Ma, author of Severance

Praise for Banana Yoshimoto

Yoshimoto has an effortless ability to penetrate her characters' hearts. --The New York Times

Her ability to make everyday events seem romantic is a rare gift. --Harper's Bazaar

A sure and lyrical writer . . . Yoshimoto transforms the trite into the essential. --The New Yorker

A master storyteller . . . The sensuality is subtle, masked, and extraordinarily powerful. --Chicago Tribune

There is no such thing as a stock character in Yoshimoto's fiction. She writes utterly without pretense. --The Washington Post

Her achievements are already legend. --The Boston Globe