Yoshimoto has a magical ability to animate the lives of her young characters, and here she spins the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep.
One, mourning a lost lover, finds herself sleepwalking at night.
Another, who has embarked on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself suddenly unable to stay awake.
A third finds her sleep haunted by another woman whom she was once pitted against in a love triangle.
Sly and mystical as a ghost story, with a touch of Kafkaesque surrealism, Asleep is an enchanting new book from one of the best writers in contemporary international fiction.