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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Her “heroine,” Mizuki, is a Japanese woman whose dream of being a professional singer was abandoned so she could marry and raise children with a stoic-yet-hardworking husband. They all find the strength to change their lives for the better as the story moves along from Palm Springs to L. An utterly accomplished novel that navigates the inner yearnings of the heart in stylish, sparky and engrossing prose.

The initial passionate flame in her "carefully chosen" marriage is extinguished by the passage of time and the rigours of the Japanese work ethic. Many thanks to William Morrow and Custom House Publishing, Netgalley and author Emily Itami for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinions. This was a thoughtful, insightful and a very considered debut novel about love in its many different guises, and how it is such an important part of everyone’s lives. Their affair is dreamy to read about: They meet in tucked-away neighborhoods like Kagurazaka, which is filled with cobblestoned streets, French cafes and historic geisha homes. With Fault Lines, Karl Pillemer courageously rappels into the deep social crevice created by these devastating rifts.

That’s the image I had in my mind while I was immersed in the world of Emily Itami’s beautifully written debut novel.

Instead, what’s intriguing about Fault Lines is its shrewd commentary on Japan’s societal expectations of women as either sex objects or dutiful mothers. it punches above its weight in its themes and the maturity with which it examines them, such as how love intertwines with or comes up against duty, and the feeling of having lost a part of oneself. Shrewd commentary on Japan's societal expectations of women - Washington Post You may also be interested in. How about page 321 when Merritt is getting ready to go back home and her sister is going to clean up the lodge she stayed in she says "Maybe I should hide my dirty underwear where he'll never find it. For some it may seem that Mizuki’s behavior is somehow being justified or romanticized, but I really appreciated that her portrayal and that of her marriage, felt honest.Realizing she has always been a fixer and a rescuer to those around her, Merritt tests her wings when she meets the renegade caretaker of a property in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains. For, in many of her novels, she has a middle-aged upper class woman, who somehow missed her teen rite of passage, come of age after the central experience Siddons creates for her character. According to Goodreads, you may like this book if you have read the following: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn, Early Departures by Justin A. Infusing wit into the daily life of a Japanese wife and mother, Mizuki was written with warmth and humor in contrast to the not so nice aspect of her adulterous affair. To access you ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose.

It meant that a whole new world of spontaneity and opportunity opened up to her, which she loved being part of and presented her with numerous opportunities to pursue a completely different life as a singer. This started out as a four stars read for me, but I thought the ending was kind of weak, but a "safe" one.My life’s work, my greatest loves, orchestrators of total psychological trauma and everyday destruction. In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. Sorry to all of my GR friends who posted comments and likes, but I was trying to clear up my duplicate postings on GR. There were also some laugh out loud moments including a brash American’s faux pas at a dinner party while the guests try not to make their horror apparent.

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