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Out: A Novel

by Natsuo Kirino

ISBN 1400078377 / 9781400078370 / 1-4000-7837-7
Publisher Vintage
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirinos award-winning literary mystery Out.

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plots ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.

At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, Out is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath. [via]