Woman on the Other Shore, by Mitsuyo Kakuta
Judging by most of the Japanese novels that make it into English, you might think that modern Japanese lit is all about wild sheep chases, forked tongues, and chopped up bodies. But there’s more. Thanks to translator Wayne P. Lammers, we now have Woman on the Other Shore, a novel about two relatively normal 35-year-old women - a stay-at-home mom, and a single woman who has her own business. She brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to her first novel.
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This carefully constructed novel starts out slow, but tension builds as secrets are revealed. Kakuta presents a vivid, albeit sometimes disturbing portrait of women in contemporary Japan.
Reviewed by Suzanne Kamata
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