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The Thorn Puller by Hiromi Ito delayed

Dear friends, Due to logistics and shipping delays we have decided to push back the publication date of Hiromi Ito's The Thorn Puller. Just in time for the holidays, The Thorn Puller arrives on December, 13th 2022.


This is the first publication under our new imprint MONKEY, a new partnership with MONKEY New Writing From Japan to publish novels, stories, and graphic narratives by innovative Japanese authors and rising international stars.


Thank you for your continued support. Be well and stay safe,


The SBP staff



By Hiromi Ito

Translated by Jeffrey Angles

Publisher: Stone Bridge Press

Imprint: MONKEY

Release Date: 08/26/2022

No. Pages: 280

Dimensions: 5.5 x 8 inches

Format: Print & Digital

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 9781737625308


The first novel to appear in English by award-winning author Hiromi Ito explores the

absurdities, complexities, and challenges experienced by a woman caring for her two families: her husband and daughters in California and her aging parents in Japan. As the narrator shuttles back and forth between these two starkly different cultures, she creates a powerful and entertaining narrative about what it means to live and die in a globalized society.



Hiromi Ito came to national attention in Japan in the 1980s for her groundbreaking poetry about pregnancy, childbirth, and female sexuality.

After relocating to the U.S. in the 1990s, she began to write about the immigrant experience and biculturalism. In recent years, she has focused on the ways that dying and death shape human experience.


English translations include Killing Kanoko and Wild Grass on the Riverbank.




Jeffrey Angles is a writer and professor of Japanese at Western Michigan University. He is the first non-native poet writing in Japanese to win the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, a highly coveted prize for poetry. His translation of the modernist classic The Book of the Dead by Shinobu Orikuchi won both the Miyoshi Award and the Scaglione Prize for translation.






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