“Breasts and Eggs explores the inner conflicts of an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing. Through the story of these women, Kawakami paints a portrait of womanhood in contemporary Japan, probing questions of gender and beauty norms and how time works on the female body.
Breast and Eggs is a thrilling English language debut from Japan’s brightest young talent, Mieko Kawakami.”
eARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this Murakami-esque contemporary that focused mainly on topics of fertility, conception and parenthood. We follow the main character who is single and hates sex, but she still really wants to be a mother, we see her over a span of 10 years figuring out her options and what she truly wants from life.
This book had some really great discussions from multiple points of view on different topics from children of donor conceptions, to single parents, and mostly ofcourse from our main character as she comes to terms with the probability of growing old and dying alone.
This book was very relatable to me on so many parts and the author really has a way of capturing moments that make you feel like you’ve been there and felt that before. I’m looking forward to picking up future novels from this author.
My rating: 4/5 stars