Rainbirds

ISBN9781616959654
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedMarch 20, 2018
Pages336
AuthorClarissa Goenawan
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.3 in.
Width5.5 in.
Depth0.9 in.

Rainbirds

Clarissa Goenawan

PAPERBACK

March 20, 2018

Read our #FullyBooked review here.

Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man’s path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister’s murder.
 
Ren Ishida has nearly completed his graduate degree at Keio University when he receives news of his sister’s violent death. Keiko was stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, failing to understand why she chose to turn her back on the family and Tokyo for this desolate place years ago.

But then Ren is offered Keiko’s newly vacant teaching position at a prestigious local cram school and her bizarre former arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s ailing wife. He accepts both, abandoning Tokyo and his crumbling relationship there in order to better understand his sister’s life and what took place the night of her death.

As Ren comes to know the eccentric local figures, from the enigmatic politician who’s boarding him to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, captivating young female student, he delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren realizes that Keiko Ishida kept many secrets, even from him.

Buy Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

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Clarissa Goenawan

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ISBN9781616959654
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedMarch 20, 2018
Pages336
AuthorClarissa Goenawan
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.3 in.
Width5.5 in.
Depth0.9 in.

Synopsis

Read our #FullyBooked review here.

Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man’s path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister’s murder.
 
Ren Ishida has nearly completed his graduate degree at Keio University when he receives news of his sister’s violent death. Keiko was stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, failing to understand why she chose to turn her back on the family and Tokyo for this desolate place years ago.

But then Ren is offered Keiko’s newly vacant teaching position at a prestigious local cram school and her bizarre former arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s ailing wife. He accepts both, abandoning Tokyo and his crumbling relationship there in order to better understand his sister’s life and what took place the night of her death.

As Ren comes to know the eccentric local figures, from the enigmatic politician who’s boarding him to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, captivating young female student, he delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren realizes that Keiko Ishida kept many secrets, even from him.

Buy Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"Debut author Clarissa Goenawan spins a dark, encapsulating story that will certainly reel you in completely."

– Bustle

"Dreamlike . . . character-driven focus and introspective tone will attract literary-fiction readers."

– Booklist

"[A] well-paced mystery . . . Goenawan’s debut balances a finely wrought plot with patient, measured portraits of fragile relationships, making for a spare yet inviting novel that grabs hold and doesn’t let go."

– Publishers Weekly