Twinkle Twinkle

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Vertical, 2003 - Fiction - 170 pages
16 Reviews
They got married ten days ago. They haven't had sex yet and they don't intend to.

As it turned out, the only way to make their parents get off their backs about trying to "find someone" was actually finding somone--with whom to put marriage for show. Mutsuki is stictly gay and has a boyfriend, while Shoko is a clinical case of emotional instability who's in no shape for a relationship. They've each found in the other a perfect partner for a sham marriage. Since the conspirators' parents know of their own child's undesirability, but not the spouse's, the union manages to please them. And while the newlyweds hope, in their own way, to live happily ever after, they inevitably come face t o face with the fact that no marriage real or staged, is a fairy tale.

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User Review  - Anya - Goodreads

An odd story that explores contemporary Japanese issues like marriage, mental illness, and homosexuality. I didn't feel for the characters. The wife was always too angry and/or hysterical (I know it's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joan - Goodreads

Wonderfully succinct book which I finished just in one afternoon. The translation was beautifully done to highlight the wit and charm. It felt as if I was watching a movie or drama! Light and I like ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Kaori Ekuni is one of Japan's most popular and admired writers. Twinkle Twinkle, her first novel, won the Murasaki Shikibu Literary Award and was a bestseller. In addition to being a prolific novelist and essayist, Ekuni is a skilled translator of children's books. She lives in Tokyo.

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