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Lonely Castle in the Mirror

lonelycastleinthemirror Lonely Castle in the Mirror
by Mizuki Tsujimura

GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 22nd April 2021
Keywords: YA, Japanese, Fantasy, Mystery, Bullying, Mental Health

Synopsis
Seven students are avoiding going to school, hiding in their darkened bedrooms, unable to face their family and friends, until the moment they discover a portal into another world that offers temporary escape from their stressful lives. Passing through a glowing mirror, they gather in a magnifcent castle which becomes their playground and refuge during school hours. The students are tasked with locating a key, hidden somewhere in the castle, that will allow whoever finds it to be granted one wish. At this moment, the castle will vanish, along with all memories they may have of their adventure. If they fail to leave the castle by 5 pm every afternoon, they will be eaten by the keeper of the castle, an easily provoked and shrill creature named the Wolf Queen.

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Book Reviews · Books

Breasts and Eggs

breastsandeggs Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
GOODREADSAMAZON
Released: 20th August 2020
Keywords: Adult, Japan, Contemporary, Family, Fertility, Relationships

Synopsis
Breasts and Eggs explores the inner conflicts of an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing. Through the story of these women, Kawakami paints a portrait of womanhood in contemporary Japan, probing questions of gender and beauty norms and how time works on the female body.

Breast and Eggs is a thrilling English language debut from Japan’s brightest young talent, Mieko Kawakami.

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