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Where the wild ladies are

Author: Aoko Matsuda; Polly Barton, (Translator)
Publisher: New York, NY : Soft Skull Press, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Soft Skull editionView all editions and formats
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"In this witty and exuberant collection of linked stories, Aoko Matsuda takes the rich, millenia-old tradition of Japanese folktales-shapeshifting wives and foxes, magical trees and wells-and wholly reinvents them, presenting a world in which humans are consoled, guided, challenged, and transformed by the only sometimes visible forces that surround them. A busybody aunt who disapproves of hair removal; a pair of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ghost stories
Short stories
Paranormal fiction
Mythological fiction
Linked stories
Folk tales
Fiction
Fantasy fiction
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Translations into English
Named Person: Aoko Matsuda
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aoko Matsuda; Polly Barton, (Translator)
ISBN: 9781593766900 1593766904 9781593766917 1593766912
OCLC Number: 1139147968
Description: xiii, 269 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Smartening up --
The peony lanterns --
My superpower --
Quite a catch --
The jealous type --
Where the wild ladies are --
Loved one --
A fox's life --
What she can do --
Enoki --
Silently burning --
A new recruit --
Team Sarashina --
A day off --
Having a blast --
The missing one --
On high.
Other Titles: Obachantachi no iru tokoro.
Responsibility: Aoko Matsuda ; translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton.

Abstract:

"In this witty and exuberant collection of linked stories, Aoko Matsuda takes the rich, millenia-old tradition of Japanese folktales-shapeshifting wives and foxes, magical trees and wells-and wholly reinvents them, presenting a world in which humans are consoled, guided, challenged, and transformed by the only sometimes visible forces that surround them. A busybody aunt who disapproves of hair removal; a pair of door-to-door saleswomen hawking portable lanterns; a cheerful lover who visits every night to take a luxurious bath; a silent house-caller who babysits and cleans while a single mother is out working. Where the Wild Ladies Are is populated by these and many other spirited women-who also happen to be ghosts. This is a realm in which jealousy, stubbornness, and other excessive "feminine" passions are not to be feared or suppressed, but rather cultivated; and, chances are, a man named Mr. Tei will notice your talents and recruit you, dead or alive (preferably dead), to join his mysterious company."--

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