For Book Beginnings:
Dear Sarah, It was spring when we went to see my brother off. He and his girlfriends were waiting at the airport when we arrived–yes, he had lots of girlfriends back then–and they were all decked out like flowers. The sky was marvelously clear.
- p. 3
For Friday 56:
On rainy afternoons, department stores always seem strangely bright and warm, and you can smell the moisture.
- p. 56
About Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto: Asleep tells the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning a lost love, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, embarking on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself unable to stay awake. The third finds her sleep haunted.