Real World

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Vintage International, 2009 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In a crowded Tokyo suburb, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer. When one of them, Toshi, discovers that her nextdoor neighbor has been brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor's son. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers that rise from within them as well as from the world around them. Psychologically intricate and astute, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.

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User Review  - Tonstant.Weader - LibraryThing

Worm is the unprepossessing boy living next door to Toshi. When he kills his mother and steals her bike and cell phone, she and her friends become entangled in his flight from the police. All five are ... Read full review

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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

Strange book! Tells the story of four messed up high school aged girls, and their involvement with helping the neighbor boy of one of the girls elude capture by the police for murdering his mother ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan for Out in 1998, but one of its major literary awards--the Naoki Prize--for Soft Cheeks (which has not yet been published in English), in 1999. Several of her books have also been turned into feature movies. Out was the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Kirino is also the author of Grotesque.

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