Coming Soon on 6th March 2018
Intertwining elements of suspense and magical realism,
award-winning literary debut RAINBIRDS opens with a murder
and shines a spotlight on life in fictional small-town Japan.
Ren Ishida is nearly done with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko’s, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, failing to understand why she chose to abandon their family and leave Tokyo for this small town in the first place.
But Ren soon finds himself picking up right where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at the wealthy Mr. Katou’s mansion, in exchange for reading aloud each morning to Katou’s depressed, mute wife. As Ren gets to know the figures in the town, from the mysterious Katou to fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, he replays memories of his childhood with Keiko and finds his dreams haunted by a young girl with pigtails who is desperately trying to tell him something. Struggling to fill the void that Keiko has left behind, Ren realizes that perhaps people don’t change, and if they don’t, he can decipher the identity of his sister’s killer.
Luminous, sinister, and page-turning all at once. I loved it.
A beautiful mystery setup with a complex, magical love story.
A beautiful, well-crafted story, Rainbirds is an exploration of grief, love and loss. Clarissa Goenawan has written a powerful debut novel that will leave readers craving more.
Like the imaginary town in Japan in which it takes place, Rainbirds possesses a charm that is at once cloistered, quiet, and mysterious. Carefully crafted and paced, the novel captivates with its reflective, dreamlike tone. A promising debut from Clarissa Goenawan.
Rainbirds is that rarest of debut novels—confident, transportive, and utterly enthralling. Clarissa Goenawan explores the mysteries of small-town Japan, drawing readers in with understated prose, then ensnaring with a subtle spell, exposing, grain by grain, the secrets behind a young woman’s death.
A hauntingly moving story of loss and alienation.
Rainbirds is a deeply immersive novel: I lost myself in Goenawan’s masterful rendering of a sleepy Japanese town.
Winner of the Bath Novel Award (UK)
Finalist of the Dundee International Book Prize (UK)
Shortlisted for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award (US)
Shortlisted for the First Novel Prize (UK)
ENGLISH (World) | Soho Press
ENGLISH (Singapore) | Math Paper Press
ENGLISH (Audio) | Highbridge
CHINESE (Simplified) | Beijing White Horse Time
FRENCH | Les Escales
HEBREW | Tamir/Sendik Books
GERMAN | Thiele Verlag
GREEK | Oceanida/Niki Ekdotiki
INDONESIAN | Gramedia
POLISH | Prószyński Media
SPANISH | AdN/Alianza
TURKISH | Hep Kitap