Real World

Real World

A Novel

Book - 2008
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A stunning new work of the feminist noir that Natsuo Kirino defined and made her own in her novels Out and Grotesque. In a crowded residential suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer and endless cram school sessions meant to ensure entry into good colleges. There's Toshi, the dependable one; Terauchi, the great student; Yuzan, the sad one, grieving over the death of her mother--and trying to hide her sexual orientation from her friends; and Kirarin, the sweet one, whose late nights and reckless behavior remain a secret from those around her. When Toshi's next-door neighbor is found brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor's son, a high school boy they nickname Worm. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers--dangers they never could have even imagined--that rises from within them as well as from the world around them. Psychologically intricate and astute, dark and unflinching, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.
Publisher: New York, NY : Knopf : 2008
ISBN: 9780307267573
Branch Call Number: FIC Kiri
Characteristics: 208p

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Mar 28, 2017

This book was REAL good!

ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

"In this bleak depiction of contemporary suburban Tokyo, oppressive summer school boredom is shattered by a teenager's brutal murder of his mother. Four teenage girls make small choices to help him - loaning a bicycle, not answering questions by the police - as they're inevitably drawn to the mystery, drama, and alternative to real life that his act offers. Though the self-absorbed teens may be too much for some, the multiple points of view allow for a gripping if sombre glimpse into modern teenage Japanese culture." Thrillers and Suspense August 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=664508

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