Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Publisher: Granta Books
Publication Date:
02/05/2019
Length: 163 pages
Genre:
Translated Fiction | Japanese Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

CW: n/a

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Meet Keiko.

Keiko is 36 years old.

She’s never had a boyfriend, and she’s been working in the same supermarket for eighteen years.

Keiko’s family wishes she’d get a proper job. Her friends wonder why she won’t get married.

But Keiko knows what makes her happy, and she’s not going to let anyone come between her and her convenience store…

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Out by Natsuo Kirino

Publisher: Vintage Classics
Publication Date:
03/10/2019 (original publication: 15/07/1997)
Length: 528 pages
Genre:
Translated Fiction | Japanese Fiction | Thriller

CW: sexual assault, domestic abuse, murder, body horror, graphic depictions of violence

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Natsuo Kirino’s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co-workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.

The ringleader of this cover-up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of Out and as one of the shrewdest, most clear-eyed creations in recent fiction. Masako’s own search for a way out of the straitjacket of a dead-end life leads her, too, to take drastic action.

The complex yet riveting narrative seamlessly combines a convincing glimpse into the grimy world of Japan’s yakuza with a brilliant portrayal of the psychology of a violent crime and the ensuing game of cat-and-mouse between seasoned detectives and a group of determined but inexperienced criminals. Kirino has mastered a Thelma and Louise kind of graveyard humor that illuminates her stunning evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds and the friendship that bolsters them in the aftermath.

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Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Publisher: Picador
Publication Date:
10 June 2021
Length: 167 pages
Genre:
Literary Fiction | Translated Fiction | Japanese Fiction

CW: suicide ideation, self harm, violence, assault, sexual assault

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Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a fourteen-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy suffers in complete resignation. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormenters.

The young friends meet in secret in the hopes of avoiding any further attention and take solace in each other’s company, completely unaware that their relationship has not gone unnoticed by their bullies . . .

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August TBR – Women In Translation Month

It’s been a while since I’ve done a TBR post as I’ve been mainly focusing on blog tours of late, some of which have been a little last minute, however I wanted to try and step back from that a little to avoid getting burned out. So, I was thrilled when I found out that August is Women in Translation month, as I have many books that have been starting from me from my physical shelves and my kindle ones for quite some time and I’m very excited to finally pick them up! My TBR for this month is a little ambitious, and I know I might not read all of them, but I also wanted to make this post to help out anyone who wants to broaden their reading!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a TBR post as I’ve been mainly focusing on blog tours of late, some of which have been a little last minute, however I wanted to try and step back from that a little to avoid getting burned out. So, I was thrilled when I found out that August is Women in Translation month, as I have many books that have been starting from me from my physical shelves and my kindle ones for quite some time and I’m very excited to finally pick them up! My TBR for this month is a little ambitious, and I know I might not read all of them, but I also wanted to make this post to help out anyone who wants to broaden their reading!

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Blog Tour – The High-Rise Diver by Julia von Lucadou

Welcome to my stop on the The High-Rise Diver blog tour! Huge thanks to Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: World Editions
Publication Date:
02/03/2021
Length: 288 pages
Genre:
Sci-Fi | Dystopian | Translated Fiction

CW: suicide ideation

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Riva is a “high-rise diver,” a top athlete with millions of fans, and a perfectly functioning human on all levels. Suddenly she rebels, breaking her contract and refusing to train. Cameras are everywhere in her world, but she doesn’t know her every move is being watched by Hitomi, the psychologist tasked with reining Riva back in. Unquestionably loyal to the system, Hitomi’s own life is at stake: should she fail to deliver, she will be banned to the “peripheries,” the filthy outskirts of society. For readers of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Circle, and Brave New World, this chilling dystopia constructs a world uncomfortably close to our own, in which performance is everything.

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Blog Tour – Grown Ups by Marie Aubert

Welcome to my stop on the Grown Ups blog tour! Huge thanks to Pushkin Press for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date:
03/06/2021
Length: 160 pages
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction | Translated Fiction

CW: n/a

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Ida is a forty-year-old architect, single and struggling with a feeling of panic as she realises her chances of motherhood are rapidly falling away from her. She’s navigating Tinder and contemplating freezing her eggs – but tries to put a pause on these worries as she heads out to the seaside family cabin for her mother’s 65th birthday. That is, until some supposedly wonderful news from her sister sets old tensions simmering, building to an almighty clash between Ida and her sister, her mother, and her entire family.


Exhilarating, funny, and unexpectedly devastating, Grown Ups gets up close and personal with a dysfunctional modern family.

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