Firstly, a huge thank you to Granta and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Continue reading “Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata” →
Publication Date: 14/07/2022
Length: 266 pages
Genre: Japanese Fiction | Translated Fiction | Short Stories | Horror | Contemporary Fiction
An engaged couple falls out over the husband’s dislike of clothes and objects made from human materials; a young girl finds herself deeply enamoured with the curtain in her childhood bedroom; people honour their dead by eating them and then procreating. Published in English for the first time, this exclusive edition also includes the story that first brought Sayaka Murata international acclaim: ‘A Clean Marriage’, which tells the story of a happily asexual couple who must submit to some radical medical procedures if they are to conceive a longed-for child.
Mixing taboo-breaking body horror with feminist revenge fables, old ladies who love each other and young women finding empathy and transformation in unlikely places, Life Ceremony is a wild ride to the outer edges of one of the most original minds in contemporary fiction.
Firstly, a huge thank you to W&N for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Continue reading “Violets by Kyung-Sook Shin” →
Publication Date: 14/04/2022
Length: 218 pages
Genre: Translated Fiction | Korean Fiction | Contemporary Fiction
We join San in 1970s rural South Korea, a young girl ostracised from her community. She meets a girl called Namae, and they become friends until one afternoon changes everything. Following a moment of physical intimacy in a minari field, Namae violently rejects San, setting her on a troubling path of quashed desire and isolation.GoodReads
We next meet San, aged twenty-two, as she starts a job in a flower shop. There, we are introduced to a colourful cast of characters, including the shop’s mute owner, the other florist Su-ae, and the customers that include a sexually aggressive businessman and a photographer, who San develops an obsession for. Throughout, San’s moment with Namae lingers in the back of her mind.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Faber & Faber and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Continue reading “The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura” →
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 03/06/2021
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Translated Fiction | Japanese Fiction | Thriller
CW: mentions of stalking, mentions of abuse
The Woman in the Purple Skirt is being watched. Someone is following her, always perched just out of sight, monitoring which buses she takes; what she eats; whom she speaks to. But this invisible observer isn’t a stalker – it’s much more complicated than that.GoodReads
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Continue reading “Odin’s Child by Siri Pettersen” →
Publication Date: 23/03/2021
Length: 519 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Mythology
CW: suicide, sexual assault, abelism, murder, graphic violence
“Imagine lacking something that everyone else has. Something that proves you belong to this world. Something so vital, that without it, you are nothing. A plague. A myth. A human.”GoodReads
Fifteen winters old, Hirka learns that she is an Odin’s child – a tailless rot from another world. Despised. Dreaded. And hunted. She no longer knows who she is, and someone wants to kill her to keep it a secret. But there are worse things than humans, and Hirka is not the only creature to have broken through the gates…
‘Odin’s Child’ is unique fantasy with Norse roots. An epic clash of xenophobia, blind faith and the right or will to lead.
The first in a trilogy, Odin’s Child is a thrilling modern fantasy epic.