Real World by Natsuo Kirino

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In a crowded Tokyo suburb, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer. When one of them, Toshi, discovers that her nextdoor neighbor has been brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor's son. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with him, the four girls get caught up in a tempest of dangers that rise from within them as well as from the world around them. Psychologically intricate and astute, Real World is a searing, eye-opening portrait of teenage life in Japan unlike any we have seen before.


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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 July 15, 2008 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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In Natsuo Kirino’s novel, a juvenile killer on the run in Tokyo murders without conscience -- and only in retrospect attempts to invent a philosophy to explain his crime.

Jul 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Real World

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The third of Japanese crime queen Kirino's novels to be translated into English is a tense, worried book of actions and consequences, and a telling portrait of a group whose life of cram schools and preoccupied parents leaves them distrustful of the adult world they are being groomed for.

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Book Reporter

In turn, each girl --- as well as Worm himself --- reveals.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Real World

San Francisco Chronicle

Each of the book's eight chapters is narrated by one of the five teenagers involved in the murder - Worm, Toshi and the three of Toshi's friends who talk with Worm on the phone.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Instead of a suspenseful crime novel, Real World may function better as an examination of contemporary youth coming of age in a world of chat rooms, text messages, and reality TV who will cling to anything that connects them, however tenuously, to what they perceive as the "real" world.

Jul 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Real World

Horror News Net

So, let’s look at the horror… ‘Real World’ is a relatively tame novel when you compare it to Kirino’s tour-de-force ‘Out’, with its graphic dismemberment and disposal of the husband’s body by the gang of four women and the involvement of the Yakuza and the insidious stalker, but it has extreme m...

Dec 18 2010 | Read Full Review of Real World

Horror News Net

So, let’s look at the horror… ‘Real World’ is a relatively tame novel when you compare it to Kirino’s tour-de-force ‘Out’, with its graphic dismemberment and disposal of the husband’s body by the gang of four women and the involvement of the Yakuza and the insidious stalker, but it has extreme m...

Dec 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Real World

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