(born August 8
) is an award-winning Japanese novelist
. A high school
drop-out since the age of 15, Kanehara pursued her passion for writing with the support of her father, Mizuhito Kanehara
, a literary professor
of children's literature
. She was born and currently lives in Tokyo
She wrote her first novel Snakes and Earings when she was 21. The novel won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize (judged by acclaimed novelist Ryu Murakami), going on to sell a million copies.
- Snakes and Earrings. Shueisha Publishing Co., 2003.
- Snakes and Earrings. (English translation, translator David Karashima) Dutton, 2005.
- Ash Baby. Shueisha Publishing Co., 2004.
- AMEBIC. Shueisha Publishing Co., 2005.
- Autofiction. Shueisha Publishing Co.,2006.
- Hydra. Shincho Publishing Co.,2007.
In 2003, Kanehara was awarded the Subaru Prize
for her novel Hebi ni Piasu
(Snakes and Earrings
); later that same year the novel won her the Akutagawa Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Japan
, making her and Risa Wataya
the youngest people ever to receive this honor.