Join Mieko Kawakami for this online-only event to celebrate the release of her book All The Lovers in the Night.
“The author dazzles with her exploration of emotions… An invigorating and empowering portrait. It’s a winner.”
“Candid and searing, Kawakami’s latest is another brilliantly rendered portal into young women’s lives.”
“Kawakami is a rising young star in the literary scene.”
Bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami invites readers back into her immediately recognizable fictional world with this new, extraordinary novel and demonstrates yet again why she is one of today’s most uncategorizable, insightful, and talented novelists.
Fuyuko Irie is a freelance copy editor in her mid-thirties. Working and living alone in a city where it is not easy to form new relationships, she has little regular contact with anyone other than her editor, Hijiri, a woman of the same age but with a very different disposition. When Fuyuko stops one day on a Tokyo street and notices her reflection in a storefront window, what she sees is a drab, awkward, and spiritless woman who has lacked the strength to change her life and decides to do something about it.
As the long overdue change occurs, however, painful episodes from Fuyuko’s past surface and her behavior slips further and further beyond the pale. All the Lovers in the Night is acute and insightful, entertaining and engaging; it will make readers laugh, and it will make them cry, but it will also remind them, as only the best books do, that sometimes the pain is worth it.
Meiko Kawakami photo courtesy of The Japan Times; Ruth Ozeki photo courtesy of the author