Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto

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An actress's mysterious, scandalous death leads her younger sister, a kid brother with mystical powers, and her fiance+a7 on a sorrow-filled journey through grief, redemption, and recovery that takes them to a final confrontation with the spirits of the dead on a remote Pacific island. 50,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.

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Banana Yoshimoto, 1964 - Novelist Banana Yoshimoto was born Mahoko Yoshimoto on July 24, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. She is the daughter of poet and commentator Yoshimoto Ryumei, who had an impact on the radical student movement of the late 1960's. She attended Tokyo's Nihon University, where she studied creative writing and won a faculty award for her 1987 graduation novel "Moonlight Shadow." While working as a waitress, she took moments out of her day to write a novel and, at the age of 24, the result was "Kitchen" (1988), which is the story of a lonely woman who moves her bed into the kitchen, finding comfort in the humming of the refrigerator. She also wrote "Pineapple Pudding" and "Fruit Basket," which were both bestsellers. Her novel "Lizard" was dedicated to the memory of the late rocker Kurt Cobain and the novel "Long Night of Marika/Bali Dream Diary" (1996) was considered a flop.
Published December 15, 2015 by Grove Press. 384 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Popular Japanese writer Yoshimoto (Lizard, 1994, etc.) abandons her usual edgy hip minimalism for a maudlin and pretentious take on death and the meaning of life as she tells the story of a young woman's search for redemption.

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Entertainment Weekly

B+ Originally posted Jul 25, 1997 Published in issue #389 Jul 25, 1997 Order article reprints

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The Independent

The hint of mystery surrounding Mayu's death, and Sakumi's family situation - a household of women plus one strange brother - is suspended in an almost transparent structure interposing layers of time, dream, symbolism and memory that is initially compelling.

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