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Where the wild ladies are / Aoko Matsuda ; translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton.


"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."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781593766900
  • ISBN: 1593766904
  • ISBN: 9781593766917
  • ISBN: 1593766912
  • Physical Description: xiii, 269 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Soft Skull edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Soft Skull Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Subject: Japan > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Matsuda, Aoko, 1979- > Translations into English.
Genre: Short stories.
Paranormal fiction.
Mythological fiction.
Linked stories.
Folk tales.
Fantasy fiction.
Short stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Ghost stories.
Short stories.
Linked stories.
Folk tales.
Mythological fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
Fantasy fiction.

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