Manazuru: A Novel

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Counterpoint, 2010 - Fiction - 219 pages
Twelve years have passed since Kei's husband, Rei, disappeared and she was left alone with her three-year-old daughter. Her new relationship with a married man--the antithesis of Rei--has brought her life to a numbing stasis, and her relationships with her mother and daughter have spilled into routine, day after day. Kei begins making repeated trips to the seaside town of Manazuru, a place that jogs her memory to a moment in time she can never quite locate. Her time there by the water encompasses years of unsteady footing and a developing urgency to findsomething.

Through a poetic style embracing the surreal and grotesque, a quiet tenderness emerges from these dark moments.Manazuru is a meditation on memory--a profound, precisely delineated exploration of the relationships between lovers and family members. Both startlingly restless and immaculately compact,Manazuru paints the portrait of a woman on the brink of her own memories and future.

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Manazuru is a liminal destination, a coastal town with a protected forest on a jut of land that resembles a dragon’s head on which a shrine sits at the highpoint where a festival is held each summer ... Read full review

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Public library copy Rei is a woman whose husband disappeared without a trace several years ago. Rei has tried to make a life for herself and her daughter, Momo, who was a young child when the man ... Read full review

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