One of the very first novels by a Japanese author I read was Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto. I liked it so much that I read four of her other books. I still, though I think most people prefer her Kitchen, think it is the best of her work. I was very excited to recently learn that Melville House has now released an English language translation of her newest novel, The Lake. Parts of the proceeds from the sale of this novel will go to relief funds for victims of the recent earthquake in Japan. I am really looking forward to reading this book, hopefully for Japanese Literature V which should be starting soon.
Here is what Melville House tells us The Lake is about
"The Lake is a hypnotic, delicate, and suspenseful tale about a young painter named Chihiro and her relationship with a brilliant but troubled young man named Nakajima who has a mysterious trauma in his past."