Author(s): Amy Yamada
This book showcases original, thoughtful and cutting-edge fiction from Japanese women writers today. These short stories explore the issue of female identity in a rapidly changing society, where women have unprecedented sexual and economic freedom. Amy Yamada ("Fiesta"), widely published overseas, offers us a psychological portrait of a sexually repressed woman. Tamaki Daido ("Milk"), winner of the Akutagawa Prize in 2002, and talented young newcomer Rio Shimamoto ("Inside"), paint two very different pictures of teenage life. The trials of a busy working mother are depicted by Shungiko Uchida ("My Son's Lips"), who shocked Japan 1993 with the publication of her novel, "Father Fucker". Yuzuki Muroi ("Piss"), a prolific, popular and outspoken essayist, novelist and TV commentator, tells the sexually explicit and moving story of a young Tokyo prostitute. Winner of the 1999 Akutagawa Prize, Chiya Fujino ("Her Room"), delves into the relationship between two women with a subtle and powerful tale. Well-known essayist, Junko Hasegawa ("The Unfertilized Egg"), makes a first foray into fiction with a hard-hitting portrait of the single 30's lifestyle.
Nobuko Takagi ("The Shadow of the Orchid") is a highly respected member of the Japanese literary establishment, and winner of many prizes. Her story is a sensitive depiction of a moment of crisis in the life of a fifty-year-old housewife. This work features 8 cutting-edge stories from the leading lights of contemporary Japanese women's writing.
"Bold stories by and about Japanese women who scorn the veneer of politesse and powder..." -Elle Magazine
"Exciting and invaluable" -L. A. Times
.".. A provocative introduction to notable contemporary literature by Japanese women."
."..The work of a group of powerful writers." -Library Journal
."..You'll find no Hollywood geishas here...just women living-and surviving-the challenges of their daily lives." -The Christian Science Monitor
"Divorce, marriage, infidelity, apathy, boredom, and sex are frankly explored ...never sentimental or overwrought...Move over, Haruki Murakami." -Booklist