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Publisher Comments:

A stunning new work of the feminist noir that Natsuo Kirino defined and made her own in her novels Out and Grotesque.

In a crowded residential suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer and endless “cram school” sessions meant to ensure entry into good colleges. There’s Toshi, the dependable one; Terauchi, the great student; Yuzan, the sad one, grieving over the death of her mother—and trying to hide her sexual orientation from her friends; and Kirarin, the sweet one, whose late nights and reckless behavior remain a secret from those around her. When Toshi’s next-door neighbor is found brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor’s son, a high school boy they nickname Worm. But when he flees, taking Toshi’s bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers—dangers they never could have even imagined—that rises from within them as well as from the world around them.

Psychologically intricate and astute, dark and unflinching, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.

Synopsis:

Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, is the

Synopsis:

In a crowded suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls--Toshi, Terauchi, Yuzan, and Kirarin--becomes suspicious of a neighbor's teenage son when his father is found brutally murdered and the young man disappears, taking Toshi's bicycle and cell phone, unaware that all four of them will become caught up in the peril surrounding the crime. 30,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

In a crowded Tokyo suburb, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer. When one of them, Toshi, discovers that her nextdoor neighbor has been brutally murdered, the girls suspectthe killer is the neighbor's son. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers that rise from within them as well as from the world around them.Psychologically intricate and astute, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.

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About the Author

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. Kirino is also the author of Grotesque.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307269454
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Thrillers
Translated by:
Philip Gabriel
Author:
Kirino Natsuo
Author:
Philip Gabriel
Author:
Kirino, Natsuo
Author:
Gabriel, Philip
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Teenagers - Japan
Subject:
Friendship -- Japan.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080715
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
208

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense

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Product details 208 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307269454 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, is the
"Synopsis" by , In a crowded suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls--Toshi, Terauchi, Yuzan, and Kirarin--becomes suspicious of a neighbor's teenage son when his father is found brutally murdered and the young man disappears, taking Toshi's bicycle and cell phone, unaware that all four of them will become caught up in the peril surrounding the crime. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , In a crowded Tokyo suburb, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer. When one of them, Toshi, discovers that her nextdoor neighbor has been brutally murdered, the girls suspectthe killer is the neighbor's son. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers that rise from within them as well as from the world around them.Psychologically intricate and astute, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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