Snow Country is a 1947 novel by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata. This is a quick, easy read with interesting characters and a beautifully described setting, but it's not a simple story. I find it thought-provoking. Trying to define the characters' relationships to each other is a challenge for me. Wikipedia describes this book as
a stark tale of a love affair between a Tokyo dilettante and a provincial geisha, which takes place in a remote hot-spring town somewhere in the mountainous regions of northern Japan. It established Kawabata as one of Japan's foremost authors and became an instant classicand says, "Snow Country is one of the three novels cited by the Nobel Committee in awarding Yasunari Kawabata the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968." He committed suicide in 1972.
from the back of the book:
To the snow country, isolated from the rest of Japan through the long winter months, comes the cynical Shimamura, drawn there by the warmth of a young geisha, Komako. Their story is the foundation for one of the finest novels in modern Japanese literature.This Japanese Literature blog has an examination of its merits.
I read this as part of the Japanese Literature Challenge.