by Banana Yoshimoto
9 Aug 2022
First published in Japan in 2003, Dead-End Memories collects the stories of five women who, following sudden and painful events, quietly discover their ways back to recovery. Among the women we meet is a woman betrayed by her fiance who finds a perfect refuge in an apartment above her uncle's bar while seeking the real meaning of happiness. In 'House of Ghosts,' a daughter of a yoshoku restaurant owner encounters the ghosts of a sweet elderly couple who haven't yet realised that they have been dead for years. In 'Tomo-chan's Happiness,' an office worker who is a victim of sexual assault finally catches sight of the hope of romance. Yoshimoto's gentle, effortless prose reminds us that one true miracle can be as simple as having someone to share a meal with and that happiness is always within us if only we take a moment to pause and reflect. Discover this collection of what Yoshimoto herself calls the 'most precious work of my writing career.'