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"Clarissa Goenawan's dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan. Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko's, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago. But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician's mansion in exchange for reading to the man's catatonic wife. As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781616958558
Branch Call Number: Mystery Goenawan
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 02, 2018

When Ren Ishida is notified of his sister's murder, he travels to the small town in which she lived to settle her affairs. While there, he finds himself stepping into her life as a teacher and boarder at a politician's house. Though he does some investigation of her death, this is not your run of the mill murder mystery. It's more about people's relationships. There are also many dream sequences and flashbacks to a life with no deep connections to others. On a side note, it's an interesting look into Japanese culture and daily life. I'm not really sure what I thought of this book but I liked it more and more the further I got into it.


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