|Yuko Tsushima. Geraldine Harcourt, trans.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||192 / 2018|
In spring, a young woman left by her husband starts a new life in Tokyo, and struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone. Her apartment is filled with light, streaming in so brightly she has to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness, becoming unstable, untethered. As the months go by and the seasons turn, she must confront what she has lost, and what she will become. From Yuko Tsushima, "one of the most important Japanese writers of her generation" (NYTimes), this novel of abandonment, desire, and transformation was originally published in twelve parts in the Japanese literary monthly Gunzo, each chapter marking the months in real time. It won the inaugural Noma Literary Prize.