Praised by acclaimed Japanese author Yoko Tawada, and often compared to Haruki Murakami and Kenzaburō Ōe, Masatsugu Ono is regarded as one of the brightest lights in contemporary Japanese literature. He’s won many of that nation’s literary awards, including its most prestigious, the Akutagawa Prize, which he received in 2015.
In Lion Cross Point, Ono turns his gentle pen to the mind of ten-year-old Takeru, who arrives at his family’s home village amid a scorching summer, carrying memories of unspeakable acts perpetrated against his mother and brother. As Takeru befriends Mitsuko, his new caretaker, and Saki, his spunky neighbor, he meets more of his mother’s old friends, discovering her history and inching toward a new idea of family and home. All the while he begins to see a strange figure called Bunji—the same name as a delicate young boy who mysteriously vanished long ago on the village’s breathtaking coastline at Lion Cross Point.
At once a subtle portrayal of a child’s sense of memory and community, an empowering exploration of how we find the words to encompass our trauma, and a spooky Japanese ghost story, Lion Cross Point is gripping, poignant, cathartic, and utterly truthful.
Lion Cross Point comes out April 10. And we’re very excited to announce that we’re sending Ono on the road to some of our favorite bookstores to discuss his English-language debut!
Don’t miss your chance to see the award-winning Japanese author making his first U.S. book tour:
Saturday, April 21, 7:00 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 pm
10720 Preston Rd #1009B, Dallas, TX
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm
2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Saturday, April 28, 3:15 pm
Bay Area Book Festival
Panel: Knots of Wonder: Stunning Short Fiction