For April we will be reading two short stories, both taken from the wonderful anthology ‘Inside and Other Short Fiction: Japanese Women by Japanese Women’ edited by Ruth Ozeki.
Fiesta – Amy Yamada (first published 2001)
Born in 1959, Yamada is widely considered to be the pioneer of a new generation of Japanese women novelists noted for their frank, sexually explicit portrayals of women’s lives. Since publishing her first novel Bedtime Eyes in 1985, Yamada has written more than a hundred novels, essay and short story collections and won many major literary prizes.
Inside – Rio Shimamoto (first published 2004)
Born in 1983, by the age of 20 Shimamoto had twice been nominated for the Akutagawa Prize for two of her novels. She was awarded the Noma Prize for Literature for her novel Little by Little making her the youngest ever recipient of the award.