Life Ceremony
Creative
Controversial
Enigmatic

Life Ceremony Stories

Sayaka Murata2022
"With Life Ceremony, the incomparable Sayaka Murata, whose Convenience Store Woman has now sold more than a million copies worldwide, returns with a brilliant and wonderfully unsettling collection, her most recent fiction to be published in Japan. In these twelve stories, Murata mixes an unusual cocktail of humor and horror and turns the norms and traditions of society on their head to better question them. In "A First-Rate Material," Nana and Naoki are happily engaged, but Naoki can't stand the conventional use of deceased people's bodies for clothing, accessories, and furniture, and a disagreement around this threatens to derail their perfect wedding day. "Lovers on the Breeze" is told from the perspective of a curtain in a child's bedroom that jealously watches the young girl Naoko as she has her first kiss with a boy from her class and does its best to stop her. "Eating the City" explores the strange norms around food and foraging, while "Hatchling" closes the collection with an extraordinary depiction of the fractured personality of someone who tries too hard to fit in. In these strange and wonderful stories of family and friendship, sex and intimacy, belonging and individuality, Murata asks what it means to be a human in a world that often seems very strange, and offers answers that surprise and linger"--
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Lindsay@schnurln
2.5 stars
Nov 2, 2022
Gross
Creative
Avant-garde
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5 stars
Oct 11, 2022
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2 stars
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3.5 stars
Aug 27, 2022
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5 stars
Aug 4, 2022
Enigmatic
Controversial
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5 stars
Jul 31, 2022
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3 stars
Sep 21, 2022
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3 stars
Sep 6, 2022
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3 stars
Aug 29, 2022
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4 stars
Aug 28, 2022
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4.5 stars
Jul 24, 2022
Unique
Surreal
Offbeat
Surprising
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4 stars
Jul 16, 2022
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4 stars
Oct 14, 2022
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4 stars
Aug 20, 2022
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4 stars
Aug 17, 2022

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