Yoko Ogawa has written more than 20 works of fiction and nonfiction. Hilary Mantel writes of her voice, "Ogawa is original, elegant, very disturbing." According to Kenzaburo Oe, "Yoko Ogawa is able to give expression to the most subtle workings of human psychology."
Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Zoetrope, and A Public Space. She has received every major Japanese literary prize.