This novel was by turns lovely and exasperating. It has a haunting, reflective tone, punctuated by poor logic. It is evocative of modern Japan, but it leaves major plot lines dangling.
One of the pleasant surprises of the book is the section that takes place in Saipan, the capital of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Funny that I learned about part of the States by reading a Japanese novel.
This book is unlike any other I have ever read. I do not know if I would recommend this to everyone, but I am giving my copy to my brother, who lived in Japan but has never heard of Banana Yoshimoto.