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Rainbirds / Clarissa Goenawan.

Goenawan, Clarissa, 1988- author. (Author).
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Godel Memorial-Warren Library GOE (Text) 35500006019838 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781616958558
  • ISBN: 1616958553
  • Physical Description: 322 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, 2018.

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Summary, etc.: "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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 January #1
    Nearly finished with his graduate degree in English, Ren Ishida leaves Tokyo to retrieve his late sister's belongings from the small Japanese town where she had been teaching at a cram school. He is soon offered a job teaching her classes and the same rooming arrangement, where he could live in a wealthy man's house rent-free in exchange for reading to the owner's mute wife. At work, Ren becomes the object of a student's infatuation, a student who may hold the key to Ren's sister's death. Ren operates in a fog, moving between memories of his sister's struggle to protect him from their parents' constant fighting and neglect to the six-day work week that consumes nearly all of his time. Although it is his sister's seemingly random murder that initiates the action, this dreamlike novel is not a conventional murder mystery; its character-driven focus and introspective tone will attract literary-fiction readers. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Singapore, Australia, the UK, and the US. Rainbirds is her first novel.

Subject: Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Sisters > Death > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Japan > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Mystery fiction.
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