The Premonition

A Novel

Narrated by Kathleen Li
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Pub Date 21 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 21 Nov 2023

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Description

Yayoi, a nineteen-year-old woman from a seemingly loving middle-class family, has lately been haunted by the feeling that she has forgotten something important from her childhood. Her premonition grows stronger day by day and, as if led by it, she decides to move in with her mysterious aunt, Yukino. No one understands her aunt's unusual lifestyle. For as long as Yayoi can remember, Yukino has lived alone in an old gloomy single-family home, quietly, almost as though asleep. When she is not working, Yukino spends all day in her pajamas, clipping her nails and trimming her split ends. She eats only when she feels like it, and she often falls asleep lying on her side in the hallway. She sometimes wakes Yayoi at 2:00 a.m. to be her drinking companion, sometimes serves flan in a huge mixing bowl for dinner, and watches Friday the 13th over and over to comfort herself. A child study desk, old stuffed animals-things Yukino wants to forget-are piled up in her backyard like a graveyard of her memories. An instant bestseller in Japan when first published in 1988, The Premonition is finally available in English, translated by the celebrated Asa Yoneda.

Yayoi, a nineteen-year-old woman from a seemingly loving middle-class family, has lately been haunted by the feeling that she has forgotten something important from her childhood. Her premonition...


A Note From the Publisher

An Amazon Best Book of the Month
The Washington Post, A Must Read Book for Fall
Tokyo Weekender, A Most Anticipated Title
The Millions, A Most Anticipated Book of the Year
Library Journal, A Most Anticipated Book of the Year

An Amazon Best Book of the Month
The Washington Post, A Must Read Book for Fall
Tokyo Weekender, A Most Anticipated Title
The Millions, A Most Anticipated Book of the Year
Library Journal, A Most...


Advance Praise

"Fans of Kitchen, the 1988 debut that turned Yoshimoto into a sensation, will delight in Asa Yoneda’s translation of The Premonition. [. . .] Luscious . . . Yoshimoto bucks beautifully against convention." —Maya Binya, The New York Times Book Review

"Casts a delicate spell . . . Between Yoshimoto and her translator, Asa Yoneda, there is something otherworldly . . . The novel taps into anxiety about memory, childhood and the peculiar feeling that there’s a hidden truth about ourselves we’ve forgotten, and if only we took pains to find it we might finally feel at home." —Genevieve Gaunt, The Spectator

"Fans of Kitchen, the 1988 debut that turned Yoshimoto into a sensation, will delight in Asa Yoneda’s translation of The Premonition. [. . .] Luscious . . . Yoshimoto bucks beautifully against...


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781696613682
PRICE $12.99 (USD)
DURATION 3 Hours, 29 Minutes

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