Moshi Moshi by Ba­nana Yoshi­moto, Coun­ter­point Press.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - Books - LM

As in a Ja­panese tea cer­e­mony, it’s the lit­tle things, ex­e­cuted per­fectly, that make Ba­nana Yoshi­moto’s lat­est novel so en­joy­able. The sui­cide pact that leaves a wife and daugh­ter griev­ing and be­wil­dered is a cat­a­lyst for their change and growth. Young Yoc­chan is spread­ing her wings, mov­ing to bo­hemian Shimok­i­tazawa in Tokyo. Some­what to her cha­grin, her im­mac­u­late, la­bel-lov­ing mother joins her there. With beau­ti­ful re­straint, Yoshi­moto writes about their new re­la­tion­ship, one with­out the man de­scribed as “a holo­gram pro­jected be­tween us, show­ing us each a dif­fer­ent im­age”. El­e­gant and vivid, Moshi Moshi is a paean to com­mu­nity, food, love and fam­ily and the small joys of life.

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