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Asleep - Banana Yoshimoto, Michael Emmerich What can I say, Banana does it again! In three short stories, she manages to capture three women's stories in the entanglement of the simple act of sleeping, love, and of death:

- a sleepwalker because of a death of lover
- one haunted by the ghost/memory of a former lover's other girlfriend
- one who does nothing but sleep because her lover's husband is in a coma.

Each is written in sparse yet beautiful prose. Each story is a gem with Banana's trademark otherworldliness.