9th Ave: Yukiko Tominaga with Carol Edgarian

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. 

Cover of Yukiko Tominaga's novel See Loss See Also Love. The cover has a yellow orange background and a fish bowl with someone surfing a wave inside of it.
Join us on Tuesday, May 7 at 7pm PT when we celebrate the launch of Yukiko Tominaga's novel, See: Loss. See Also: Love., with Carol Edgarian at 9th Ave!

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
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Praise for See: Loss. See Also: Love.
"Yukiko Tominaga has written a book aglitter with hard-won truths. It is courageous about human fragility and devoted to human vigor, as funny as it is shattering." —Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning

"Yukiko Tominaga's See: Loss. See Also: Love. is a miracle and a dream—tightly crafted, full of heart, warmth, honesty, and compassion. Tominaga's prose encompasses the entire world, expansive and expertly executed. See: Loss. See Also: Love. is deeply, deeply vibrant and surprising; giving us loss, yes, but also so much love, to the fullest extent, and in so many forms. Tominaga is a wonder and I loved this book." —Bryan Washington, author of Family Meal and Memorial

"Tominaga weaves an enchanting spell and captivates readers with her refractive and translucent prose. Her debut novel constantly surprises and subverts expectations. Through exquisitely crafted chapters, the intricate dynamics of a family come into sharp focus, revealing both their profound love and the depths of their grief. These pages are imbued with a wealth of wisdom, exploring the languages of love and family, while also delving into the nuances of language itself. Tominaga has secured a lifelong fan in me." —Weike Wang, author of Joan Is Okay and Chemistry

About See: Loss. See Also: Love.
A tender, slyly comical, and shamelessly honest debut novel following a Japanese widow raising her son between worlds with the help of her Jewish mother-in-law as she wrestles with grief, loss, and—strangest of all—joy.

Shortly after her husband Levi’s untimely death, Kyoko decides to raise their young son, Alex, in San Francisco, rather than return to Japan. Her nosy yet loving Jewish mother-in-law, Bubbe, encourages her to find new love and abandon frugality but her own mother wants Kyoko to celebrate her now husbandless life. Always beside her is Alex, who lives confidently, no matter the circumstance.

Four sections of vignettes reflect Kyoko’s fluctuating emotional states—sometimes ugly, other times funny, but always uniquely hers. While freshly mourning Levi, Kyoko and Alex confront another death—that of Alex’s pet betta fish. Kyoko and Bubbe take a road trip to a psychic and discover that Kyoko carries bad karma. On visits back to Japan, Kyoko and her mother clash over how best to connect Alex with his Japanese heritage, and as Alex enters his teenage years and brings his first girlfriend home, Kyoko lets her imagination run wild as she worries about teen pregnancy.

In this openhearted and surprising novel about the choices and relationships that sustain us, there are times where Kyoko is lonely but never alone and others in which she is alone but never lonely. Through these moments, she learns how much more there is to herself in the wake of total and unexpected upheaval. See: Loss. See Also: Love. is a testament to how grief isn’t a linear process but is a spiraling awareness of the vast range of human emotion we experience every day.

About Yukiko Tominaga
Yukiko Tominaga
was born and raised in Japan. She was a finalist for the 2020 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, selected by Roxane Gay. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Chicago Quarterly ReviewThe Bellingham Review, among other publications. She also works at Counterpoint Press where she helps to introduce never-before-translated books from Japan to English language readers. See: Loss. See Also: Love. is her first book.
 

About Carol Edgarian
New York Times bestselling author Carol Edgarian’s novels include Vera, Three Stages of Amazement, and Rise the Euphrates. Her essays and articles regularly appear in national magazines and anthologies, and she is editor of The Writer’s Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame. She is cofounder and editor of Narrative, a leading digital publisher of fiction, poetry, essays and art, and Narrative in the Schools, which provides free reading and writing resources to students and teachers in nineteen countries. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

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