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Earthlings : a novel

Author: Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Grove Atlantic hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"As a child, Natsuki doesn't fit into her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut who has explained to her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of Nagano to visit her grandparents in their wooden house in the forest. One  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Magic realist fiction
Bildungsromans
Psychological fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
ISBN: 9780802157003 0802157009
OCLC Number: 1181840856
Language Note: In English. Translated from the Japanese.
Notes: "Originally published as Chikyu seijin. Japanese edition published by Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo"--Title page verso.
Description: 247 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Chikyu seijin.
Responsibility: Sayaka Murata ; translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori.

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"As a child, Natsuki doesn't fit into her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut who has explained to her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of Nagano to visit her grandparents in their wooden house in the forest. One summer, her cousin Yuu confides to Natsuki that he is an extraterrestrial, and Natsuki starts to wonder if she might be an alien too. Later, as a married woman, Natsuki feels forced to fit in to a society she deems a "baby factory" but wonders if there is more to the world than the mundane reality everyone else seems to accept. The answers are out there, and Natsuki has the power to find them. Dreamlike, sometimes shocking, and always strange and wonderful, Earthlings asks what it means to be happy in a stifling world, and cements Sayaka Murata's status as a master chronicler of the outsider experience and our own uncanny universe"--

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