Award-winning, multitalented writer and translator Kaori Ekuni's fiction somehow retains a distinctive quality of lightness, despite her frequent themes of loss and longing.

Twinkle Twinkle, by Kaori Ekuni, Translated by Emi Shimokawa.176 pagesVERTICAL, Fiction.

Take "Twinkle Twinkle," one of only two works currently translated into English. Alternating between two narrators, a husband and wife unfold the complications of their modern, arranged marriage of convenience.