The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

the lakeThe Lake is a short novel about the psychological effects of childhood trauma.  The book is narrated by Chihiro, a young woman working as a painter in Tokyo and grieving the recent death of her mother.  When Chihiro begins a relationship with Nakajima, her troubled neighbor, she discovers that he is living with a dark secret.

Quote:
“I was slowly starting to figure it out.  It wasn’t anything more than a guess, but I had a vague understanding, at least, of something.  It was so dark, though, I didn’t even want to admit it could be part of the truth of life.”

Author:
Banana Yoshimoto was born in Japan and is the author of several novels, including The LakeKitchenMoonlight Shadow, and N.P.

Published:  2005
Length:  188 pages
Set in:  Japan
Translated by:  Michael Emmerich

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