May 31 Event: Spring Book Club

Now that the sun has come back, let us lock ourselves inside Anticafé to discuss ‘Kitchen’, a short novel by Banana Yoshimoto! Join us for the ninth edition of the JETAA Q/A Book Club.

Here are the details for our spring book club meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Anticafé (294 Sainte-Catherine St. West)
  • Cost: free!

Our ninth book will be Kitchen, a short novel by Banana Yoshimoto.

Synopsis (226 pages)

Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart.

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Interested in joining the Book Club?

Here are some handy links to borrow/buy the book!

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact us! The book is short enough that reading it should not take much time at all, and, even if you are not completely finished, your presence will always be welcome.

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