Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

The main protagonist is Natsuko. In part one, her sister Makiko and daughter Midoriko arrive in Tokyo. Midoriko hates her body, which seeps into hating her aging mother, who is considering breast implants. The condition of being female seems excruciating.
In part two, we meet Natsuko eight years later. She wants a child, cannot tolerate sex and is prohibited artificial fertilisation in Japan because she is single. When she encounters the rage of Yuriko, who was the product of a sperm donor and was raised by a man who sexually abused her, Natsuko questions everything about motherhood. Yuriko is adamant birth is an act of violence. The deep desire for freedom and the consequences of and desire for motherhood echoes throughout the book.

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