by Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton - £9.99 Tilted Axis Press (2020)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781911284383 | ISBN 10: 191128438x
Winner of an English PEN Award
Named a ‘new book you need to read in 2020‘ by i-D
Named a ‘best book of the year so far‘ by Tatler
Witty, inventive, and profound, Where the Wild Ladies Are is a contemporary feminist retelling of traditional ghost stories by one of Japan’s most exciting writers.
In a company run by the mysterious Mr Tei, strange things are afoot – incense sticks lead to a surprise encounter; a young man reflects on his mother’s death; a foxlike woman finally finds her true calling. As female ghosts appear in unexpected guises, their gently humorous encounters with unsuspecting humans lead to deeper questions about emancipation and recent changes in Japanese women’s lives.
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