June 08, 2021
4.5 X 7.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author
Natsuko Imamura is one of Japan's most exciting writers. Nominated three times for the Akutagawa Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Japan, she won it in 2019, for The Woman in the Purple Skirt. A self-professed fan of Yoko Ogawa's, she has been called a second Sayaka Murata (the author of Convenience Store Woman) for her use of acerbic humor and satire. Born in Hiroshima, she now lives in Osaka with her husband and their daughter. Like the main character in The Woman in the Purple Skirt, she has worked in a hotel as a housekeeper.
"I'm a sucker for tales about female friendships that slide into obsession . . . Not just another cheap thriller with a 'you can't trust anyone' conceit, Imamura's latest is like Anita Brookner's Look at Me, reimagined by a surrealist." ―Hillary Kelly, Vulture "Very powerful . . . Meticulous and extremely precise . . . Reading this book made me feel like I was in an unstable and strange world." ―Sayaka Murata, bestselling author of Convenience Store Woman "Imamura definitely has a rare talent for depicting people who are a little out of the ordinary. . . . By the time I got to the end, a powerful sense of the narrator's loneliness forcing its way through the madness gripped my heart." ―Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police "Reading this novel, you can really hear Natsuko Imamura's unique voice, which comes across quite unsparingly and beautifully." ―Hiromi Kawakami, author of Strange Weather in Tokyo and The Nakano Thrift Shop "A superb story . . . I was mesmerized by this narrator. Unlikable men who hold our sympathy are frequently found in fiction, but I don't think I've ever encountered a woman as unappealing as this one who still managed to keep me completely beguiled." ―Shuichi Yoshida, author of Villain "Readable and entertaining . . . It's as if a mirage appeared and then suddenly disappeared. . . . A mysterious novel." ―Shukan Shincho "Horrifying, humorous, whimsical, and disturbing . . . It will remain with you." ―Tokyo Shimbun