Hardboiled and Hard Luck

Banana Yoshimoto

Several people told me how disappointed they were in Goodbye Tsugumi that I haven’t read anything of Banana Yoshimoto’s since Amrita, even though I liked that book a lot. The last time I read Kitchen, it really hadn’t stood up to the test of time — I must have been more forgiving of the often awkward translation as a teenager.

This is actually two stories paired together: the first a story of a girl hiking in the mountains (with some good creepy parts) and the second about a girl whose sister is in a coma. Neither is earth-shattering, and Hard Luck gets a little nonlinear in a bad way.