'The perfect marriage of Sally Rooney and early Murakami' Kathy Wang, author of Impostor Syndrome
Mizuki is a Japanese housewife. She has a hardworking husband, two adorable children and a beautiful Tokyo apartment. It's everything a woman like her could want . . . isn't it?
One rainy night, she meets Kiyoshi. In him, she rediscovers freedom, friendship, a voice, and the neon, electric pulse of the city she has always loved. But the further she falls into their relationship, the clearer it becomes that she is living two lives - and in the end, we can choose only one.
'A brilliant modern love story . . . atmospheric and transporting but also wise, clever and universal in its exploration of love, family and identity. I loved it' Cathy Rentzenbrink
It's rare to find a character that truly embodies the contradictions of contemporary motherhood, so thank goodness for Mizuki. An incredible portrait of love, strength, rage and fragility
Another striking debut, this bittersweet love story follows a Japanese housewife caught between tradition and modernityA very shrewd and funny story of a marriage and a wife whose identity has been annihilated by the very culture she railed against as a young womanMizuki is a Japanese housewife. She has a hardworking husband, two children and a beautiful Tokyo apartment. But one night, she meets restaurateur Kiyoshi and rediscovers freedom. The further she falls into their relationship, the clearer it becomes that she is living two lives - and in the end, she can only choose oneWhat is the cost of a mother's love? In her debut novel Fault Lines, Emily Itami explores this question with wit and poignancy . . . dreamy . . . Itami's descriptions of spring in Japan are to be savouredShrewd commentary on Japan's societal expectations of women