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Inside and Other Short Fiction: Japanese Women by Japanese Women (2008)

by Cathy Layne (Editor)

Other authors: Tamaki Daido (Contributor), Chiya Fujino (Contributor), Junko Hasegawa (Contributor), Yuzuki Muroi (Contributor), Rio Shimamoto (Contributor)3 more, Nobuko Takagi (Contributor), Shungiku Uchida (Contributor), Amy Yamada (Contributor)

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Overall, the stories were "alright". Some I liked better than others (Inside; Her Room), some I liked less (Fiesta, The Unfertilized Egg). The enjoyment was so-so, but my problem lies with the actual collection as a whole, especially the aims that it has and how those aims seems to fall flat for the most part. I didn't think it was diverse enough to be a depiction of "Japanese women by Japanese women". ( )
  zombiehero | Mar 25, 2016 |
This is an anthology by contemporary Japanese women writers. As noted in the introduction, these authors are all popular, award-winning writers in Japan but have been virtually unknown because their work has been previously unpublished in English. The collection seems to be arranged roughly according to age-progression ( The first two stories have teen protagonists, the last a woman approaching fifty) and is centered around "the exploration of female identity in a rapidly changing society." As with any anthology, I liked some of these bold stories more than others - I think the story I found most moving is a sexually explicit story called "Piss" by Yuzuki Muroi. I also liked "The Unfertilized Egg" by Junko Hasegawa. ( )
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Layne, CathyEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daido, TamakiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fujino, ChiyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hasegawa, JunkoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muroi, YuzukiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shimamoto, RioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Takagi, NobukoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Uchida, ShungikuContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yamada, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ozeki, RuthForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shimizu, YukoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"These eight short stories explore the issue of female identity in a rapidly changing society, where women have unprecedented sexual and economic freedom. From teens to fifties; married, single, divorced; the high school girl, the career woman, the sex worker, the housewife, the mother - this anthology deals frankly and explicitly with a broad range of women's experiences, and showcases the very best of recent writing by Japanese women."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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