Banana Yoshimoto is one of those authors who has snuck up on me. Long before I was book blogging for fun, I came across Amrita at the local library. I think it was the same trip that I came home with a little book called Stardust by Neil Gaiman. In both cases, it took another five or so years for it to click that Yoshimoto and Gaiman were authors worth reading.
Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto is a collection of six short stories, all with a magical realism bent. For readers looking for a way into Japanese literary fiction who are perhaps struggling with the longer works of Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto's short story collections are perfect.