Goodbye Tsugumi

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Goodbye Tsugumi
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First edition (Japanese)
AuthorBanana Yoshimoto
TranslatorMichael Emmerich
PublisherGrove Press
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages186 pp
895.6/35 21
LC ClassPL865.O7138 T7613 2002
Preceded byAsleep (novel) 
Followed byHardboiled & Hard Luck (novel) 

Goodbye Tsugumi (TUGUMI) is a novel written by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto (吉本ばなな)in 1989 and translated into English in 2002 by Michael Emmerich.

Goodbye Tsugumi was made into a movie in 1990, directed by Jun Ichikawa.


Tsugumi is a sickly but feisty and somewhat unpleasant young girl living in a small Japanese seaside town at the family inn with her parents, sister Yoko, aunt Masako, and cousin Maria (the protagonist). Following the divorce of Maria's father, Maria and Masako move to Tokyo to be with him, where Maria attends university. Shortly after the move, Maria receives a call from Tsugumi to say that the family are selling the inn. Maria returns to the town for one last summer to remember her childhood and reconcile her strained relationship with Tsugumi while she still can. But then they didn't realize the true display of true will.


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Goodbye Tsugumi (English edition) by Banana Yoshimoto

A passage from this novel was published in the November 2009 SAT Reasoning Test.