Kono’s intimate descriptions of unhappy relationships are not only unexpectedly frank, but often genuinely shocking.

The Boston Review

Kono’s unsparing gaze penetrates the depths of human nature, and she sets forth what she finds there with absolute precision.

Shusaku Endo

Reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor’s works, Kono’s stories explore the dark, terrifying side of human nature that manifests itself in antisocial behavior.

World Literature Today

A sense of unease permeates this disturbing and exceptional collection of stories centered on unhappy women in postwar Japan.

Publishers Weekly

Reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor’s works, Kono Taeko’s disquieting stories explore the dark side of human nature with an original voice and a strange, powerful beauty.

Translation Review

At once the most carnally direct and the most lucidly intelligent woman writing in Japan.

—Kenzaburo Oe
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