Life Ceremony: Stories

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Grove Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
SAYAKA MURATA is the author of many books, including Earthlings and Convenience Store Woman, winner of the Akutagawa Prize. Murata has been named a Freeman's "Future of New Writing" author and a Vogue Japan Woman of the Year.
Praise for Life Ceremony: "In this off-kilter collection, Murata brings a grotesque whimsy to her fables of cultural norms . . . Like the author's novels, this brims with ideas."--Publishers WeeklyPraise for Sayaka Murata: "To Sayaka Murata, nonconformity is a slippery slope . . . Reminiscent of certain excellent folk tales, expressionless prose is Murata's trademark . . . The strength of [Murata's] voice lies in the faux-naïf lens through which she filters her dark view of humankind: We earthlings are sad, truncated bots, shuffling through the world in a dream of confusion."--New York Times Book Review"Murata takes a childlike idea and holds onto it with imaginative fervor, brilliantly exposing the callousness and arbitrariness of convention."--New Yorker"Murata manages what her characters cannot: She transcends society's core values, to dizzying effect . . . Her matter-of-fact rendering of wild events is as disorienting as it is intriguing."--Atlantic"If you're in the mood for weird, Sayaka Murata is always a reliable place to turn."--Seattle Times"The imagination of this writer grows and grows like outer space."--Literary Hub"Murata celebrate[s] the quiet heroism of women who accept the cost of being themselves."--NPR's Fresh Air"Murata's sparkly writing and knack for odd, beautiful details are totally her own."--Vogue"Murata's novels are a valuable, heightened exploration of the intense discomfort that people, autistic or not, who are just a little outside of society can feel when they try to force themselves to fit in. Murata's message is: stop trying."--i-D