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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Itami does a great job of describing the protagonist’s bicultural upbringing too and how it affects her perspective on life. Grove Press An imprint of Grove Atlantic, an American independent publisher, who publish in the UK through Atlantic Books. This is an achingly realistic representation of the feelings associated with being a woman who is married and has young children.

Set in Tokyo, the novel begins with housewife Mizuki debating jumping off the balcony of her highrise apartment where she lives with her husband and two children. 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.Although she situates these ideas in a very specific social context, Itami manages to make them universal. The building up of her loneliness, made all the more acute because she is surrounded by her family, feels hopeless and gut-wrenching.

What a wonderful review Clare 🤩 I could feel your love for this book resonating through me as I was reading!

Once a vivacious young woman who sang in cabaret bars, she now struggles to meet the standard of motherly perfection and subtle elegance expected of Tokyo's housewives. With Fault Lines, Karl Pillemer courageously rappels into the deep social crevice created by these devastating rifts. Seemingly endless paragraphs are spent discussing feelings and how these feelings make them feel and how these feelings make them act and how they feel about how these feelings are making them act or feel or …. Shallow Hollywood life is seen, gorgeous mountain scenery is described in detail, and a love affair is developed.

Perhaps it is because it is an earlier book but the characters seemed shallow and completely self-involved. Beautifully balanced with the present, we learn about her childhood in a series of interwoven narratives. Her life seems so perfect at first, but once we get into the nitty gritty of her everyday life, we see how sad and lonely she actually is.I imagine most readers will relate to her, especially if they have ever been the nurturer in the relationship.

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