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The Beautiful One Has Come: Stories

Next Generation Indie Book Award for Short Stories


Nautilus Book Award - Silver Medal


Longlisted for Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

"THE BEAUTIFUL ONE HAS COME poignantly shows the pains and the pleasures of living in a culture that is not your own. Kamata also illuminates the modern struggles of everyday people, showing us that perhaps foreigners are not the only ones searching for belonging in this traditional society." - Margaret Dilloway, author of HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

"Kamata provides a refreshing alternative, one that focuses on female protagonists, but which also looks at daily lives, both the mundane and the spectacular." - Melanie Ho, ASIAN REVIEW OF BOOKS

"With evocative grace, and the authority of real experience, Kamata takes us on a tour through a garden of lives which touch Japan. Each story wanders as delicately as a small stream, with jewel-like descriptions and plot points waiting to be discovered around every corner." - Rebecca Otowa, author of AT HOME IN JAPAN: A FOREIGN WIFE'S JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY