Author(s): KIRINO NATSUO
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.
"Disquieting and suspenseful."
--Kathryn Harrison, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Brilliant feminist noir. . . . Sleek, assured and disturbing. . . . Reads like "Little Women" in an acid bath. . . .You won't want to miss it."
--"The Plain Dealer"
"Transfixing. . . . Kirino touches on much deeper issues than unlocking teenage diaries. . . . A psychologically complex story told in a breezy, adolescent way, reminiscent of "Bonjour Tristesse.""
--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"Kirino demands total submission to her characters' inner lives. . . . [Real World] challenges readers to confront the truth of human nature, to release judgments about violence and see beyond the act to its roots."
--"The Miami Herald"
"Instead of one lone maniac, Kirino makes adolescent ennui and detachment the villain, tracing out a spooky cultural phenomenon that makes this new translation a purely psychological thriller."
--"Time Out Chicago"
"Jealousy, solipsism, fear, arrogance-the mind of an adolescent can be a frustrating and scary place. . . . [Real World] takes us deep inside the heads of these kids." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"If "Real World" is indeed a work of social realism, Kirino is either a masterful cynic or the cartographer of a very scary side of reality."
--"The New York Sun"
"It's rare to come across a book that is unlike anything you've ever read. Real World""is such a book. . . . Kirino's mix of the savage and the mundane is masterful. . . . Hers is a fresh, contemporary voice that captures the attitude of youth culture around the world. . . . An addictive, compelling read."
--"Daily Camera" (Boulder)
"Disturbingly intimate. . . . [Kirino's characters] speak as one voice of youth in an utterly hypnotic, illuminating narrative."
"A novel that looks at the emotional vacuum of teenage culture, one less affected by a brutal murder and its emo