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born February 8, 1959, is a popular but controversial contemporary Japanese writer who is most famous for her stories that address issues of sexuality, racism, and interracial marriage, topics not typically discussed openly in Japanese society.

Born in Tokyo as , Yamada's father's job required her family to move all over Japan. This transient lifestyle forced her to confront issues of separation and bullying, issues that many of her protagonists also deal with.

According to her interview with the Japanese magazine Bungei, during middle school she was moved by African-American soul music and began to read any novels she could find written by black people, or featuring black people. She held a job in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, an area rich with foreigners.

After graduating high school in 1977, she entered Meiji University's Literature department, but dropped out before graduating. After a short stint writing manga, she began writing novels in 1980. Though her works garnered some attention, even receiving praise from Japanese literary critic , she only achieved widespread recognition in 1985, when Bedtime Eyes won the Bungei Prize. In writing Bedtime Eyes, Yamada drew upon her experiences with black people and black culture and combined them with the Japanese literary tradition.

In 1996, "Trash" was published in English translation by Kodansha International (translator: Sonya L. Johnson). In May 2006, three of Yamada's novellas (Bedtime Eyes ????????????, The Piano Player's Fingers ?????? and Jesse ?????????) were published in English translation (translators: Yumi Gunji and Marc Jardine) as a single volume by St Martin's Press under the collective title "Bedtime Eyes.

In Yamada's second collection of works, Jesse's Spine, Yamada depicts the experiences of a woman who is learning to adjust to life with her lover's child from another relationship. The writing style of this work has been compared to William Saroyan's novel, Papa You're Crazy. Through her depiction of the child's perspective on the world, her book was a critical success, earning her a nomination for the prize for new authors. In her short novels, Classroom for the Abandoned Dead, Afterschool Music, and I Can't Study, Yamada tackles the topics of childhood life, bullying, and school life. In an interview with Bungei Shunj? upon winning the prize, named Yamada's Afterschool Music as one of their major influences, explaining that her works were one of the greatest depictions of modern Japan.

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Total Books: 22
Bedtime Eyes
2006 - Bedtime Eyes (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312352264
ISBN-10: 0312352263
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Inside and Other Short Fiction--Japanese Women by Japanese Women
2006 - Inside and Other Short Fiction--japanese Women By Japanese Women (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9784770030061
ISBN-10: 4770030061
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1996 - Trash (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140254181
ISBN-10: 0140254188
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Nchte mit Spoon
Nchte Mit Spoon (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783250601166
ISBN-10: 3250601160

Soul Music Lovers Only
Soul Music Lovers Only [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784041710012
ISBN-10: 4041710014

I Am Beat
I Am Beat [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784041710029
ISBN-10: 4041710022

Chewing Gum
Chewing Gum [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784048726153
ISBN-10: 4048726153

Harlem World
Harlem World [Japanese Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784061846654
ISBN-10: 4061846655

A2z [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784062099523
ISBN-10: 4062099527

Licking Your Feet on His Knees
Licking Your Feet on His Knees [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784101036120
ISBN-10: 4101036128

Son of Color
Son of Color [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784101036137
ISBN-10: 4101036136

After-school Notes
After-school Notes [Key Note - Japanese Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784101036151
ISBN-10: 4101036152

I Can't Study
I Can't Study [Japanese Edition] (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9784101036168
ISBN-10: 4101036160

Himegimi [Japanese Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784163201405
ISBN-10: 4163201408

Fumi Zekka
Fumi Zekka [Japanese Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784163239309
ISBN-10: 4163239308

Happy Verbs
Happy Verbs [Japanese Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784167558031
ISBN-10: 4167558033

Painful Story
Painful Story [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784334717766
ISBN-10: 4334717764

4 U
4 U [Yon You] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784877281793
ISBN-10: 4877281797

247 [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784877284473
ISBN-10: 4877284478

120 Cool
120 Cool [In Japanese Language] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9784877284749
ISBN-10: 4877284745