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Earthlings

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by Sayaka Murata

THE MINDBLOWING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF CULT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN

Shocking, hilarious and hugely, darkly entertaining. Murata has crafted an unforgettable, original hybrid of absurd fantasy and stark realism
Financial Times

Earthlings

Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. As youths, she and her cousin Yuu spent the summers in the wild Nagano mountains, hoping for a spaceship to transport her home. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the cousins for ever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what.

Now, Natsuki is grown. She lives quietly in an asexual marriage, pretending to be normal, and hiding the horrors of her childhood from her family and friends. But dark shadows from Natsuki’s past are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains, Natsuki prepares for a reunion with Yuu. Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it? Dark, sharp and with a deeply unexpected twist, Earthlings is an exhilarating cosmic flight that will leave you reeling.

About the Author

One of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers, Sayaka Murata has won not only the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, but the Gunzo, Noma, and Mishima Yukio Prizes as well. Her story, ‘A Clean Marriage’, was featured in Granta 127 Japan. She is 38 years old and works part-time in a convenience store.

Ginny Tapley Takemori has translated Ryu Murakami, Miyabe Miyuki, and Kyotaro Nishimura, among others. Her translation of Tomiko Inui’s The Secret of the Blue Glass was shortlisted for the Marsh Award.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 2.6 × 19.7 cm

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