by Yoko Ogawa
These stories are still rattling around in my head.
A few notes. Perhaps it's just the short story format, but it seemed like Ogawa has a very compact way of writing, such that if you read a sentence too quickly, it's very possible that you'll miss the whole point of a paragraph or a page.
Secondly, her characters are simultaneously normal and sadistic in a way that makes you rethink which average jane (the characters are female) who you thought were normal might in fact have some not-so-comfortable thoughts bouncing around in her head.
Definitely recommend a read. I'd be interested to see what her full-length novels are like.
[Found via Mefi]