On a hot summer's day in Tokyo, two sisters are reunited when the elder, Makiko, travels to the city in search of breast-enhancement surgery accompanied by her sullen and silent teenage daughter, Midoriko. Over the course of their trip, Natsuko's small flat becomes a pressure cooker around them. All three are in the grips of their own battles, with bodies that betray them year by year, with the way their class constrains then, and yet each also fears that one of the other women will be the thing to truly drag them under...
Ten years later, we meet Natsuko again. Now a writer, she finds herself on a journey back to her native city, returning to memories of that summer as she faces her own uncertain future.
In Breasts and Eggs, Mieko Kawakami paints a radical and intimate portrait of what it is like to be a woman in contemporary Japan.
"I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Breasts and Eggs." - Haruki Murakami