At the Edge of the Woods


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Two Lines Press
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4.9 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Masatsugu Ono is the author of numerous novels, including Mizu ni umoreru haka (The Water-Covered Grave), which won the Asahi Award for New Writers, and Nigiyakana wan ni seowareta fune (Echo on the Bay, Two Lines Press, 2020), which won the Mishima Prize. A prolific translator from the French--including works by Èdouard Glissant and Marie NDiaye--Ono received the Akutagawa Prize, Japan's highest literary honor, in 2015. He lives in Tokyo.
Juliet Winters Carpenter was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1948. She is a veteran translator and double recipient of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission for the Translation of Japanese Literature, in 1980 for Abe Kōbō's Secret Rendezvous and in 2014 for Minae Mizumura's A True Novel. In addition to numerous works on Japanese culture and religion, she has translated fiction by authors such as Enchi Fumiko, Tawara Machi, Watanabe Shin'ichi, Miyabe Miyuki, Shiba Ryōtarō, Miura Shion, and Hirano Keiichirō. With Aotani Yüko, she edited the bilingual book Gems of Japanese Literature/ Eigo rōdoku de tanoshimu Nihon bungaku. A professor emerita of Doshisha Women's College, she lives with her husband on Whidbey Island in Washington State.


"Ono's immersive narrative accrues insights about the nature of violence and mercy... an accomplished work by a masterful writer. --Publishers Weekly

"An eerie allegory of climate apocalypse and unnatural nature...full of dark laughter, figures that appear and disappear, sounds of violence and gnashing teeth." --The Millions (Most Anticipated 2022)

"A surreal tale of a world torn apart by disaster...Written in startling, imaginative vignettes, At the Edge of the Woods is an evocative terrifying story about a family's efforts to survive a crisis." --Rebecca Hussey, Foreword Reviews

"At the Edge of the Woods balances wonder and disquiet with incomparable grace and precision; in this novel about a family navigating their unsteady future, Masatsugu Ono illustrates modern life's horrors alongside the wonder of the unknown. Ono is one of our great chroniclers of love, with all of its possibility and dread, and the worlds this novel inhabits are both unsettling and awe-inspiring. At the Edge of the Woods is beautiful and seductive. Ono continues to captivate." --Bryan Washington, author of Memorial

Praise for Masatsugu Ono

"[Ono] is a master storyteller" --The Japan Times

"Cross García Márquez and Simenon and set the piece on the Sea of Japan, and you'll have a feel for Ono's latest... Fans of Kenzaburo Oe's Death by Water and Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 will enjoy Ono's enigmatic story." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Echo on the Bay

"[A] slim, albeit mighty, narrative that begins comically wry and ends with shocking resonance...Understated, yet unforgettably stunning." --Booklist (starred review) on Echo on the Bay

" so skilled at conveying emotion that Takeru and his world are mesmerizing, and often heart-rending." --The New Yorker on Lion Cross Point

"A mesmeric fusion of fable, ghost story and haunting depiction of family trauma....unsettling and quietly moving." --San Francisco Chronicle on Lion Cross Point