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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 139.7 x 209.55mm | 566.99g
  • SOHO PRESS
  • English
  • 1616958553
  • 9781616958558
  • 12,289

About Clarissa Goenawan

Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. She studied novel-writing with the Curtis Brown Creative and was formerly a mentee on the WoMentoring Project. Her first novel, Rainbirds, is the winner of the 2015 Bath Novel Award. Her short stories have won several awards and been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She loves rainy days, pretty books, and hot green tea.show more

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Praise for Rainbirds "Rainbirds is that rarest of debut novels--confident, transportive, and utterly enthralling. Clarissa Goenawan explores the mysteries of small-town Japan, drawing readers in with understated prose, then ensnaring with a subtle spell, exposing, grain by grain, the secrets behind a young woman's death." --Barry Lancet, award-winning author of The Spy Across the Table and Japantown "A beautiful, well-crafted story, Rainbirds is an exploration of grief, love and loss. Clarissa Goenawan has written a powerful debut novel that will leave readers craving more." --Hollie Overton, internationally bestselling author of Baby Doll and The Walls "A hauntingly moving story of loss and alienation." --Jake Arnott, internationally bestselling author of The Long Firm and The House of Rumour "Luminous, sinister, and page-turning all at once. I loved it." --Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeralshow more