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The Lake
192 pages
The Premise: A young artist named Chihiro is haunted by her mother's death. Ever so slowly, she falls in love with a mysterious scientist named Nakajima, who has an even deeper event to hide. Yoshimoto's spare, psychologically instense style has made her one of Japan's most celebrated authors.  

Why the Ending Is a Stunner: Nakajima's buried secret will leave you in tears, yet the final pages are sweetly—and believably—uplifting. A word to the wise—don't read the flap copy unless you want a spoiler.
— Dawn Raffel