Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawanís dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young manís path to self-discovery in the wake of his sisterís murder.
On Sale: March 6, 2018
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Ren Ishida has nearly completed his graduate degree at
Keio University when he receives news of his sisterís
violent death. Keiko was stabbed one rainy night on her
way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to
conclude his sisterís affairs, failing to understand why
she chose to turn her back on the family and Tokyo for
this desolate place years ago.
But then Ren is offered Keikoís newly vacant teaching
position at a prestigious local cram school and her
bizarre former arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy
politicianís mansion in exchange for reading to the manís
ailing wife. He accepts both, abandoning Tokyo and his
crumbling relationship there in order to better
understand his sisterís life and what took place the
night of her death.
As Ren comes to know the eccentric local figures, from
the enigmatic politician whoís boarding him to his fellow
teachers and a rebellious, captivating young female
student, he delves into his shared childhood with Keiko
and what followed. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl
who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren
realizes that Keiko Ishida kept many secrets, even from
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