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The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida

by Clarissa Goenawan

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  • Published in USA  Mar 2020
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From the critically acclaimed author of Rainbirds comes a novel of tragedy and dark histories set in Japan.

University sophomore Miwako Sumida has hanged herself, leaving those closest to her reeling. In the months before her suicide, she was hiding away in a remote mountainside village, but what, or whom, was she running from?

Ryusei, a fellow student at Waseda who harbored unrequited feelings for Miwako, begs her best friend Chie to bring him to the remote village where she spent her final days. While they are away, his older sister, Fumi, who took Miwako on as an apprentice in her art studio, receives an unexpected guest at her apartment in Tokyo, distracting her from her fear that Miwako's death may ruin what is left of her brother's life.

Expanding on the beautifully crafted world of Rainbirds, Clarissa Goenawan gradually pierces through a young woman's careful façade, unmasking her most painful secrets.

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"Although the nature of Miwako's hidden past becomes apparent early on, she is such a compelling protagonist that the reader doesn't mind the obviousness. Like Japanese brush painting, the author's simple, clear prose captures Miwako's vulnerability and complexity...An eerie and elegant puzzle." - Kirkus Reviews

Goenawan's luminous prose captures the deep emotions of her characters as they grapple with questions about family history, gender, and sexuality. The tug of Miwako's strange, troubled spirit will wrench readers from the beginning." - Publishers Weekly

"Like Goenawan's previous Rainbirds, this is more literary fiction than conventional mystery, featuring exceptionally well-drawn characters facing adversity in a narrative written with an elegance and delicacy." - Booklist

"An exquisite tale about the way secrets shape and transform young lives. Behind Goenawan's crisp, spare prose lies a world of emotional complexity." - Mira T. Lee, award–winning author of Everything Here Is Beautiful

"A novel in three voices about the inner turmoil—and beauty—that people keep walled behind flawless surfaces." - Tiffany Tsao, author of The Oddfits and The Majesties

"In this elegant and haunting novel, Goenawan deftly explores the messiness of grief, the pain of lost chances, and the way a life can collapse under the weight of secrets. Miwako and her friends are under my skin, and I'll be thinking about them for some time." - Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told and Follow Me

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Clarissa Goenawan

Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Singapore, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, the UK, and the US. Rainbirds, her first novel, has been published in eleven different languages.

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