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In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, here is a new classic about the bride who's no longer sure what to think. All families have their own rituals, secrets, and credos, like a miniature religious cult; these quirks may elicit the mirth or mild alarm of guests, but the matter is rather more serious if you're marrying into a household. If its's a Japanese one with a history, the brace yourself: some surprising truths lurk around the corner.
“This pulpy family psychodrama is hugely entertaining – like watching some filmed version of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test from an adapted screenplay by Mario Puzo and directed by Yasujiro Ozu.” — Time Asia “Asa Nonami's NOW YOU'RE ONE OF US does for marriage what "Jaws" did for a day at the beach, and males and females alike will surly get a chill out of it.” — Fearsmag.com “No unearthly monsters. No ghosts. No curses. Not even a single drop of blood decorates these pages. The tropes of traditional, Western horror are completely ignored in this Japanese novel, and yet it evokes a sense of dread which is nothing less than genuinely disturbing.”- HorrorReader
“The story's unpredictability is what makes it so suspenseful and successful.” — Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
“A different country, a different culture, and characters who create something far more fishy than sushi, make for a very unusual reading experience. Jolting and disturbing, this is a powerful work; it's an unconventional tale despite the conventional gothic trappings.” — Hellnotes
“Nonami twists Japanese societal norms ever so effectively, turning charm into creep and happiness into horror.” — Agony Columns
“An interesting dose of Japanese culture, mores, and history.” — Complete Review
“A creepy psychological thriller.”- The Gline
“I like the psychological mystery and unique Japanese perspective in this novel.” —Basugasubakuhatsu “This isn't quite Science Fiction, though I kept wondering if cloning or genetic modification would emerge as the man behind the curtain. Instead it's a story about old arts and the bending of wills, the keeping of secrets, and the thick blood of family.” —SFRevu
Asa Nonami is one of Japan's most popular and versatile authors, with dozens of bestselling novels across various genres to her credit. Her acute and accessible critiques of Japanese society have won her the heartfelt support of women in particular. She won the first annual Japan Mystery Suspense Award for debut talent in 1988 and the prestigious Naoki Prize for excellence in popular fiction in 1996.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 18, 2007
ISBN 1934287032 ISBN13 9781934287033
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More About Asa Nonami
ASA NONAMI was born in Tokyo in 1960, and won the first Japanese Mystery and Suspense Award with her debut novel A Happy Breakfast in 1988. The Hunter was awarded the prestigious Naoki prize in 1996, and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. She is best known for mystery and suspense, although she writes in various genres and now has around fifty works published.
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I think the problem with this book is the translation Jul 8, 2008
I've read translations for other japanese authors like miyabe and karino, but this one just seemed to have dumbed down the story. it was not engaging at all, and for this story to have won awards in japan, it just makes me thing that the way it was translated ruined the book. or its just a bad book, i don't know. i did not enjoy it at all. it is not really creepy or scary, its just a long drawn out suspense, with little pay off at the end. the big secret wasn't really shocking or grotesque, it is just alluded to, and very disappointing.
Waste of 6 hours. Mar 26, 2008
Not twisted in a good way, just disgusting. The ending is revolting, shocking, but, not in a good way. Waste of 6 hours.