Synopses & Reviews
In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present, in dark corners, and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of Japan, and the spaces of the living world they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist’s heart Apparitions bring the restless dead, and those who encounter them, to life.
"Miyabe's (All She Was Worth) collection of ghost stories is suffused with a palpable, memorable sense of time and place: 18th century lower Tokyo. Translated beautifully by Daniel Huddleston, the book retains a decorous, old sound while conveying the dingy creepiness of a night spent on a futon while unhappy spirits batter at the windows. Each of these eight long-form ghost stories are set in a prosaic workaday atmosphere, in which maids and seamstresses, wealthy young men, lovers and the elderly live alongside the Oni (ghosts) that haunt them. The ghosts in these stories are family members torn asunder, lovers betrayed, forsaken brothers their presence is daily in the lives of the characters and their revenge is drawn out and deeply psychological. 'The Futon Storeroom' is an especially gripping story of a young girl who goes to work for a family of sake wholesalers. Most of the action occurs in a battle between an evil spirit who eats human souls and possesses the leftover empty bodies and the ghost of the young girl's beloved older sister. Miyabe has thoroughly infused the eerie with the everyday in this collection; the dead are as much among the living as trees and rocks and eating utensils snub them at your peril. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987, and since that time she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's 2007 novel Brave Story won The Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association. She has also published several thrillers, including Crossfire and All She Was Worth, and novelization of the cult classic videogame Ico: Castle in the Mist.