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New Event: Out by Natsuo Kirino

From: Greg
Sent on: Friday, December 28, 2007 6:39 PM
Announcing a new event for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: Out by Natsuo Kirino

When: Thursday, January 31, 7:30 PM

voluntary event fee: USD1.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Sorry, I've been dragging my feet on the posting because of (insert lame excuses here).

After three non-fiction in a row, it's time to go back to fictiony goodness!

Out, by Japanese author Natsuo Kirino, is the book we'll be discussing at the end of January. You'll note it's on a Thursday - we're going to alternate as appropriate with Thursdays and Wednesdays. Here's a summary:

From Publishers Weekly
Four women who work the night shift in a Tokyo factory that produces boxed lunches find their lives twisted beyond repair in this grimly compelling crime novel, which won Japan's top mystery award, the Grand Prix, for its already heralded author, now making her first appearance in English. Despite the female bonding, this dark, violent novel is more evocative of Gogol or Dostoyevsky than Thelma and Louise. When Yayoi, the youngest and prettiest of the women, strangles her philandering gambler husband with his own belt in an explosion of rage, she turns instinctively for help to her co-worker Masako, an older and wiser woman whose own family life has fallen apart in less dramatic fashion. To help her cut up and get rid of the dead body, Masako recruits Yoshie and Kuniko, two fellow factory workers caught up in other kinds of domestic traps. In Snyder's smoothly unobtrusive translation, all of Kirino's characters are touching and believable. And even when the action stretches to include a slick loan shark from Masako's previous life and a pathetically lost and lonely man of mixed Japanese and Brazilian parentage, the gritty realism of everyday existence in the underbelly of Japan's consumer society comes across with pungent force. FYI: This novel has been made into a Japanese motion picture.

I've read this one, and it came up in the last meetup, and I realized that I'd always wanted to talk about it, but couldn't remember the title. It's full of feminist undercurrents, along with a large amount of gore. (Not saying there's a correlation there or anything...)

See you at the end of January, and happy new year!

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