|Plot Summary of Kitchen|
|"Kitchen is a collection of two novellas, titled "Kitchen" and "Moonlight Shadows." In both stories, a young female character struggles to deal with the deaths that surround her. In "Kitchen," Mikage's last living relative, her grandmother, dies, and she moves in with a boy she scarcely knows. After the boy's transsexual father (known in the story as his mother) dies, the two characters realize how much they need one another. "Moonlight Shadows" features Satsuki, a young woman who is haunted by the death of her boyfriend. A strange woman named Urara surfaces in Satsuki's life and helps her to bid a final farewell to her lover."
Judy Berman, Resident Scholar
|"Mikage is a young woman of early 20's living in Yokyo, Japan. After the immediate death of her only living relative, her grandmother, Mikage is found alone and unable to cope with this reality. Each night, she sleeps in the kitchen, the one room that helps her deal with the pain as she is able to listen to the vibrating sound of the refrigerator. One night, a friend of her Grandmother, Yuichi, knocks on her door and invites her to his place. So, after taking the time to say good bye to her old home, she stays in the apartment of Yuichi and his transgender "mother", Eriko. After settling into her new home, she battles over death, sexuality, and existentialism."
Daniel Singer, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Kitchen|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of sex:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
Taboo sex story?
- a teen
- mentally ill
- emotionally unstable
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- mostly 1st
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- significantly more descript than dialog
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