Currently I'm reading The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima. (I was also reading another biography, this one by translator John Nathan, but I found it too disturbing; after finishing it on Monday I took it back to the library.) Anyway, it's a peaceful, serene story about the blossoming love between Shinji, a poor fisherman, and Hatsue, the daughter of a rich sea merchant. The translation seemed a little stiff at times, and there were parts here and there where it felt a little "anime", for lack of a better word (I'm thinking of Hatsue's fight with the unworthy suitor Yatsuo in particular here), but these moments don't bring down the book. Overall I'd say you should check it out, if you can find a copy.