Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel, Breasts and Eggs, which was selected as one of TIME’s best 10 books of 2020 and the New York Times’ best 100. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and published her first novella My Ego, My Teeth, and the World in 2007. Her poetic writing is full of philosophical insight into the female body, ethics, and the problems of modern society. Her work has been translated into many different languages and published in over thirty countries. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize, Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.