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Title:
Picnic in the storm
Author:
Motoya, Yukiko, 1979-, author.
ISBN:
9781472154347
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections.
Publication Information:
London : Corsair, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, 2019.

©2018
Physical Description:
x, 209 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
"First published in the US as: The lonesome bodybuilder in 2018 by Soft Skull"--Title page versa.
Contents:
The lonesome bodybuilder -- Fitting room -- Typhoon -- I called you by name -- An exotic marriage -- Paprika jiro -- How to burden the girl -- The women -- Q&A -- The dogs -- The straw husband.
Abstract:
A housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique - which her workaholic husband fails to notice. A boy waits at a bus stop, mocking businessmen struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon - until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying. A woman working in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won't come out of the fitting room - and who may or may not be human. A newlywed notices that her husband's features are beginning to slide around his face - to match her own.In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien - and, through it, find a way to liberation. Winner of the Kenzaburo Oe Prize, Picnic in the Storm is the English-language debut of one of Japan's most fearless young writers.
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