Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

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Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead — both have become prostitutes and both have been brutally murdered.

Natsuo Kirino, celebrated author of Out, seamlessly weaves together the stories of these women’s struggles within the conventions and restrictions of Japanese society. At once a psychological investigation of the pressures facing Japanese women and a classic work of noir fiction, Grotesque is a brilliantly twisted novel of ambition, desire, beauty, cruelty, and identity by one of our most electrifying writers.


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About Natsuo Kirino

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Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan for Out in 1998, but one of its major literary awards-the Naoki Prize-for Soft Cheeks (which has not yet been published in English), in 1999. Several of her books have also been turned into feature movies. Out was the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Kirino is also the author of Grotesque.
 
Published March 13, 2007 by Vintage. 482 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yuriko, she concludes, is an anomaly, a “monster.” Trapped in the rigid mesh of school society, the narrator has become a kind of insane biologist, intent on classifying the people she meets into her own peculiar system: people are likened to trees, or to squirrels or — somewhat awkwardly — to gy...

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Aside from offering a dark and delicious glimpse inside the walls of a prestigious Japanese high school, where academic over-achievement, shameless bullying, and fascistically proper accessorizing rule the day, Grotesque, Natsuo Kirino's second novel, is a disappointment.

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The trial is approaching of the man - Zhang Zhe-zhong an illegal Chinese immigrant - accused of murdering two prostitutes, Ms Hirata's younger sister Yuriko, and her old school acquaintance, Kazue Sato.

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