Fault Lines: Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa First Novel Award

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Fault Lines: Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa First Novel Award

Fault Lines: Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa First Novel Award

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The seismic shift in the novel occurs with the introduction of Kiyoshi, a charming entrepreneur and “the first person in years who thought about the answers to the questions I asked him and looked right at me when he replied. After a time, she missed her family and decided to come back to Japan, but to move out of the family home instead and assert her independence. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

I do think this is worth a read; pick it up at your local library, stare at that beautiful cover, savor it, and then decide if you want a physical copy after that. Now, as the world struggles to recover, it’s tempting to blame what happened on just a few greedy bankers who took irrational risks and left the rest of us to foot the bill.

Skipped so much in that, her sister and daughter disappear from the pages for the last third of the book totally killed the vibe. With Fault Lines, Karl Pillemer courageously rappels into the deep social crevice created by these devastating rifts. I thought the relationship between Mizuki and her distant husband, and the relationship between Mizuki and Kiyoshi were also really well-written.

She is now living two lives – one of dutiful wife and mother, and one with Kiyoshi where she can finally be exactly who she wants to be again. Interesting light read about a southern belle, her 16 year old daughter and younger, wayward sister. But when she meets someone who makes her feel truly seen, who is the kind of person who actually sits and contemplates the answers to questions before just spouting off, as if he really cares and truly wants to know her and her to know him, she is conflicted. Once it finally got to the part about the earthquakes, I found myself pretty much skimming the pages, so that I could be finished with it. All of the inner yearnings and tribulations of Mizuki are laid bare, offering one of the fullest, most thorough depictions of a character I have ever read.Narrated by Mizuki, a lounge singer turned housewife, the novel instantly immerses the reader in the frustration and disappointment of its protagonist. This is among my favorite of her books so far- in part because it explores the idea of who we are when we are not in our regular context. It's everything a woman could want, yet sometimes she wonders whether it would be more fun to throw herself off the high-rise balcony than spend another evening not talking to her husband or hanging up laundry. But the further she falls into their relationship, the clearer it becomes that she is living two lives - and in the end, we can choose only one. Her relationship with Kiyoshi deepens, and as their relationship wanders into different territory, Mizuki begins to question everything she thought always kept her grounded and the choices that have left her in this predicament.

What a wonderful review Clare 🤩 I could feel your love for this book resonating through me as I was reading! If I tell you that at the beginning of the story that she botches an attempt to throw herself off her balcony, it is easy to understand that something is very wrong in her world. An utterly accomplished novel that navigates the inner yearnings of the heart in stylish, sparky and engrossing prose. While some readers might be drawn in by the novel’s potential for blush-worthy bedroom scenes, the few that exist happen off page.Itami, who grew up in Tokyo but now lives in London, examines carefully the line between insider and outsider in Japanese culture. Mother daughter issues, sister issues, husband wife issues, extramarital affairs…it was endless and quite unbelievable.

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