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Fault Lines: A Novel por Emily Itami
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Fault Lines: A Novel (edição 2021)

por Emily Itami (Autor)

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Título:Fault Lines: A Novel
Autores:Emily Itami (Autor)
Informação:Custom House (2021), 224 pages
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Fault Lines por Emily Itami

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Mizuki tries to be the perfect Japanese wife and mother, but something is missing in her life. She thinks she finds it in Kiyoshi, a man she meets while out with friends, and so she begins an affair at the center of Emily Itami’s Fault Lines. There’s not a lot of plot, and Itami only focuses on Mizuki leaving the other characters flat, but the exploration of motherhood is on point — sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes deeply emotional. At just over 200 pages, this quick read is an interesting examination of marriage and Japanese culture. ( )
  Hccpsk | Nov 29, 2021 |
Our narrator is a Japanese woman in an unfulfilling marriage who feels judged for her inadequacy as a young mother. There is also a cultural disconnect, having spent her formative years in relatively open-minded America. Missing the care-free, fun days of her youth and dissatisfied with playing the role of ‘nice wife’, she begins a relationship with a perfect man.
The book isn’t filled with action; rather it shows us our protagonist’s world & her journey of self-discovery. Readers are gifted with an occasional tidbit on Tokyo or insight into the Japanese culture, which I found the most interesting parts of the book. (Footnotes for the rare Japanese terms (e.g. Obon, jinbei, omatsuri) would have been helpful.) I found it somewhat slow-going initially, primary feeling that it was another ‘bored housewife’ story but well-written & with a Japanese perspective. It was only around half-way through the book before I began to feel invested in the story, and by the end I quite liked it.
Thank you to the author and publisher for a free advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  AnnieKMD | Nov 7, 2021 |
Mizuki, the main character, has two beautiful young children with a responsible nanny. She lives in a comfortable apartment and has nice clothes. She notes her husband is wonderful. Tatsu is in good shape, has a great job, doesn't drink too much, doesn't beat her, doesn't squander money on cars and is a loving father to the kids. Sounds perfect to most.

But there's a catch. Her husband works huge hours and makes her feel "invisible." One night after feeling ignored, she took off and ended up at a bar. That's where she met an attractive,, exciting man. She loved her two kids and her husband gave her a good life. However, she felt like she was "the ham in a sandwich." There was a dilemma of what to do in this situation. However, she didn't hesitate when this new man asked to see her again...and again. She said, "Having a secret makes me feel like nobody owns me."

Parts of this book were interesting about pieces of Japanese cultural traits and the idea of living on a fault line. Yet, it felt like this story was clearly meant for women in their early 20s or 30s that can relate to what it's like when you're "not even middle age yet." It's not a long book but I didn't fly through the pages as this "ancient lady" was a distance apart.

My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this copy with an expected release date of September 7, 2021. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
Mizuki is a Japanese housewife. She seems a bit stifled and bored in her life, wondering how she got to be where she is now…in a balcony considering jumping off. She used to be a club girl and a singer, she lived in America. Now she’s a mother, average not like the overachieving mothers. On a rainy evening she decides to dust off her flirting techniques.

The author writes in a very descriptive, lyrical way. You can picture yourself on the streets and in the parks in Tokyo. ( )
  julesbailey9 | Sep 24, 2021 |
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