Hiromi Kawakami is a Japanese writer known for her fiction, poetry, and
literary criticism. She has won numerous Japanese literary awards,
including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, the Yomiuri Prize, and the Izumi Kyōka Prize for Literature. Her work has been adapted for film, and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. The Ten Loves of Nishino will be published by Europa Editions on June 4, 2019.
Those third and fourth nights, I cried and wailed. On the morning of the fifth day, my eyes were so swollen my father took one look at me and said, “Shiori, your face—it looks like the goldfish put a curse on you.”