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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

N.P.

by Banana Yoshimoto

“[An] ethereally mesmerizing . . . novel of Japan’s Generation X.” —Martin Brady, Chicago Sun-Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 224
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2442-5
  • Dimensions 5" x 7.25"
  • US List Price $16.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date September 15, 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-9047-5
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

In N.P., Banana Yoshimoto’s enchanting novel of uncanny subtlety, style, magic, and mystery, a celebrated Japanese writer has committed suicide, leaving behind a collection of stories written in English. But the book, itself titled N.P., may never be published in his native Japan: each translator who takes up the ninety-eighth story chooses death, too—including Kazami Kano’s boyfriend, Shoji. Over the course of an astonishing summer, she will discover the truth behind the ninety-eighth story and she will come to believe that “everything that had happened was shockingly beautiful, enough to make you crazy.”

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Praise

“[An] ethereally mesmerizing … novel of Japan’s Generation X.” —Martin Brady, Chicago Sun-Times

“Japan’s leading pop novelist follows her successful debut with an ambitious novel of darker themes—incest, suicide, and the supernatural—that recalls more classic Japanese fiction . . . A contemporary, hip treatment of a potentially lurid plot makes for a read that nonetheless resonates with echoes of the past. Offbeat but sound.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Miraculous . . . [A] poignant achievement that draws its power from an atmosphere of earnestness from that honesty of youth, untouched by cynicism . . . deceptively simple.” —Kathleen Byrne, The Globe and Mail