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Twinkle Twinkle [Hardcover]

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Item description for Twinkle Twinkle by Kaori Ekuni, Emi Shimokawa & Emi Shimokawa...

Two Japanese newlyweds, who only married to please their parents, discover troubling truths about each other as they navigate the gap between appearances and emotional reality in their culture.

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They got married ten days ago. They haven't had sex yet and they don't intend to.

As it turned out, the only way to make their parents get off their backs about trying to "find someone" was actually finding somone--with whom to put marriage for show. Mutsuki is stictly gay and has a boyfriend, while Shoko is a clinical case of emotional instability who's in no shape for a relationship. They've each found in the other a perfect partner for a sham marriage. Since the conspirators' parents know of their own child's undesirability, but not the spouse's, the union manages to please them. And while the newlyweds hope, in their own way, to live happily ever after, they inevitably come face t o face with the fact that no marriage real or staged, is a fairy tale.
Lambda Lit ReviewSimultaneously seductive and elusive...Ekuni serves up an array of subtly nuanced emotion. The GuardianBright and clear…(Twinkle Twinkle) is modern, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable. BUST MagazineThis book is simple. This book is a pearl...Twinkle Twinkle is totally earnest, and absolutely surprising." Book DescriptionThis is a savvy novel dealing with city life, commodity culture, marriage, forgiveness, and acceptance.
Kaori Ekuni is one of Japan's most popular and admired writers. Twinkle Twinkle, her first novel, won the Murasaki Shikibu Literary Award and was a bestseller. In addition to being a prolific novelist and essayist, Ekuni is a skilled translator of children's books. She lives in Tokyo.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2003
Publisher   Vertical
ISBN  1932234012  
ISBN13  9781932234015  

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If you like Banana Yoshimoto, you will also love this author  Feb 22, 2007
Kaori Ekuni's first novel got awarded and loved by many readers in Japan.
I am so very fortunate to read this novel after I read more than few of Banana Yoshimoto's. Their styles in writing may be different but the way they describe emotions of each character through events and episodes are very similar. The story line itself is interesting and you will fell in love with all three major characters, Musutki, Shoko and Kon. I was savoring every words when I was reading and wishing this book never ends.
Beautifully written, brilliantly unique, quick pace but at the same time courageous view about love and life.
Disturbingly simple and a sham  Jun 24, 2004
In the Afterword, the author claims that she intends the book to be a "simple love story." Simple it definitely is not, and her claim makes me wonder if she has thought through what she wrote.

For me, the story was profoundly disturbing. The two main characters are an obsessive-compulsive closeted gay man and an emotionally unstable alcoholic straight woman. Because of parental pressure, they decide to make a show of happy domesticity by marrying each other. During their show, he keeps his immature, slacker lover and she throws hysterical, drunken fits, full of crying jags and flying pottery.

The author may have thought the story is about "love" when two people stay together under this kind of set-up. But these two people don't even know how to communicate with each other much less support each other emotionally. They need intense help, and they need to live their lives with honesty.

"Love" would be if they actually helped each other realize their individual potential and overcome their fears.

For the author to deny the lousy, volatile emotions in these characters is to abdicate responsibility for a truthful, intelligent telling of this story. In other words, the story is a fake.

Reflecting this sham is the structure of the narrative. Each chapter is written by the husband or the wife in alternating sequence, but it's obvious that neither one of the characters is the type who would ever sit down to write their own stories. The husband is too private and scared, and the wife is too much of a wreck. She can barely feed herself, yet the author expects us to think she would write poetically about her horrible life.

Pink literature that make me smile  Feb 11, 2004
I have read this book and when I finished I smile and feel very glad with my life. So i choosed this story to present in drama as my thesis. My audience love this story too. For me I think Shogo is a good wife she's real woman that has attitude in really Japanese style. Mutsuki's a man who's love man. I think he isn't gay ..He doesn't love guy but the one he's loved is a guy.It's differrent. Kaori, the writer told this story with beautiful idea of all charactors. Don't have jealous, bad idea. So everyone who read this story will have to feel better with their life.
Playing at marriage  Feb 4, 2004
This book is deceptively simple. The narrative voice alternates between Shoko, the wife, and Mutsuki, the husband. Shoko and Mutsuki have a marriage of convenience so they can quiet the demands of their parents and present a "normal" front to the outside world. Actually, Shoko is a depressed alcholic and Mutsuki is homosexual. Shoko is on good terms with his lover, Kon, and their friends, so the marriage seems to be working, but not without complications.

This book had me crying, not because their problems are so dire, but because the author does so well at conveying their pain. The story was so involving that I want to help Shoko find a pschiatrist that will take her serious. Mutsuki is such a nice guy that as "marriages of convenience" go, he is a real catch.

normal-bizarre love triangle  Oct 30, 2003
I just saw Ms. Kaori Ekuni interviewed and reading at an Author's Festival in Toronto Canada, and was mesmerized by her book and message. She is a pretty woman who is not as shy as her voice makes her out.
Not only is Ms. Ekuni a charming woman who knows how to say what she thinks succinctly, she is saying very important things. Like, "there is not such thing as a normal romance," and "falling in love is foolhardy". I hope people aren't turned off by the inclusion of gay characters who choose to live normalized married lives, because the fact of the matter is that it happens, and it bothers fewer people that way.
Don't expect thrilling action or melodrama in this book. Twinkle Twinkle is about manners, and about how everyone has their psychological mis-balance, like Shoko, the girl; or feels the need to hide something natural to them, like Mutsuki, the boy.
Twinkle Twinkle tells it like it is, and then breaks down what has always been a mystery to readers - love.

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