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Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead — both have become prostitutes and both have been brutally murdered.

Natsuo Kirino, celebrated author of Out, seamlessly weaves together the stories of these women's struggles within the conventions and restrictions of Japanese society. At once a psychological investigation of the pressures facing Japanese women and a classic work of noir fiction, Grotesque is a brilliantly twisted novel of ambition, desire, beauty, cruelty, and identity by one of our most electrifying writers.

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“Vengefully mesmerizing....Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind.” San Francisco Chronicle

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“Kirino provides an energized thrill ride as she also examines the sometimes-stifling stranglehold of Japan’s social hierarchy, especially for women.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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“Kirino helps us aficionados of crime fiction imagine the kind of novels James M. Cain might have written if he had been a Japanese feminist....Emotionally harrowing.” Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air (NPR)

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“A layered exploration of the human psyche, of the conflict inherent in need and desire, shame and humiliation....A powerful study of people humbled at the altar of superficial values.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan for Out in 1998, but one of its major literary awards — the Naoki Prize — for Soft Cheeks (which has not yet been published in English), in 1999. Several of her books have also been turned into feature movies. Out was the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award.

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aagpadraig, April 17, 2008 (view all comments by aagpadraig)
With this novel Kirino-san again takes us to places we would not ordinarily go, yet we find to be engrossing once we get there. She writes from the first person perspective of three women beginning with their Darwinian efforts to fit into a prestigious private school and ending with their ruminations about their own insanity. Want to go to a very uncomfortable place and be forced by the author's talent to stay longer than you comfortably can? Try this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400096596
Author:
Kirino, Natsuo
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Copeland, Rebecca L.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Tokyo (Japan)
Subject:
Japan Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
7.94x5.30x.91 in. .82 lbs.

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Product details 544 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400096596 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Vengefully mesmerizing....Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind.”
"Review" by , “Kirino provides an energized thrill ride as she also examines the sometimes-stifling stranglehold of Japan’s social hierarchy, especially for women.”
"Review" by , “Kirino helps us aficionados of crime fiction imagine the kind of novels James M. Cain might have written if he had been a Japanese feminist....Emotionally harrowing.”
"Review" by , “A layered exploration of the human psyche, of the conflict inherent in need and desire, shame and humiliation....A powerful study of people humbled at the altar of superficial values.”
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