Kitchen

Kitchen

Book - 1994
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A lyrical tale about loss and grief and familial love. When college student Mikage Sakurai is orphaned by the death of her grandmother, she is rescued from loneliness and grief by Yuichi, a young flower shop delivery man, and discovers that families come in many shapes . . . and can be found in many places.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, [1994], ©1994
ISBN: 9780671880187
0671880187
Branch Call Number: FICTION Yos
Description: 152 pages ; 19 cm

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mclarjh
Nov 25, 2017

More little-girl sentimentality from the author.

Maybea Jun 22, 2012

My best friend handed me this book when I was having a rough time. It was like wrapping up in a warm blanket. A lovely, cozy, comforting book.

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mikaelaz
Apr 02, 2012

Really good book!

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LazyNeko
Sep 10, 2011

Two wonderfully simple stories about devastating loss and loneliness; and how love, friendship, and fried foods can help with healing the hole left behind by death.

ksoles May 19, 2011

"The place I like best in the world is the kitchen." So begins Banana Yoshimoto's off-beat, quirky yet charming novella. Both "Kitchen" and its accompanying story, "Moonlight Shadow," feature protagonists coping with grief and searching for comfort in seemingly endless uncertainty. But neither story imparts hopelessness; rather, they both highlight the daily joys of food, laughter, friends and city streets.

I very much enjoyed the "Japanese style" of this book (brilliantly translated by Megan Backus) - its deceptive simplicity underscored with evocative imagery, whimsy and poignant philosophy.

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LazyNeko
Sep 10, 2011

I silently implored: May the memory of this moment, here, the glowing impression of the two of us facing each other in this warm, bright place, drinking lovely hot tea, help save him, even a little bit.

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