Why Join?

  • Add New Books

  • Write a Review

  • Backpack Reading Lists

  • Monthly Newsletter

Join Now

The Lake

The Lake

Author(s): Banana Yoshimoto

Location(s): Tokyo

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern



A young woman moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to overcome her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. But she spends her time staring out of the window, only to realise that there is a young man across the street staring out of his window too. They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he is the victim of a childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together clues that reveal that his troubled past includes a bizarre religious cult.

Review this Book

To review this book, please

Log in

Book Reviews

Lead Review

The Lake is written in a simple and unassuming form which gives a lovely rhythm to the book. Chihiro’s Mother has just died as the book opens. Leaving her small town behind Chihiro moves...

Read review

Join TripFiction and take part in our weekly GIVEAWAYS!

Other benefits of membership include:

   Receiving an entertaining monthly newsletter

   Adding new books to the site

   Reviewing books you have read