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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Lizard

by Banana Yoshimoto

“A set of postmodern stories from young Japanese novelist Yoshimoto, blending urban anomie with themes of spiritual awakening.” —Publishers Weekly

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 176
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2439-5
  • Dimensions 5" x 7.25"
  • US List Price $16.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date September 15, 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-9048-2
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

I shall refer to her as Lizard here, but not because of the small lizard tattoo that I discovered on her inner thigh.

The woman has round, black eyes that gaze at you with utter detachment, like the eyes of a reptile. Every bend and curve of her small body is cool to the touch, so cool that I want to scoop her up in my two hands.

This may bring to mind the image of a man holding a bunny or a chick, but that’s not what I mean. What I imagine is the strange, tickling sensation of sharp claws scampering around in my palms. And then, when I open up my hands to take a peek, a thin, red tongue lashes out. Reflected in those glassy eyes, I see my own lonely face, peering down, looking for something to love and cherish. That’s what Lizard feels like to me. . . .