Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan audiobook

Rainbirds

By Clarissa Goenawan
Read by David Shih

HighBridge, Highbridge Audio 9781616958558
10.19 Hours Unabridged
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Ren Ishida is nearly finished 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, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago. But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician's mansion in exchange for reading to the man's catatonic wife. As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.

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A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2018

Ren Ishida is nearly finished 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, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician's mansion in exchange for reading to the man's catatonic wife.

As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A murder mystery and a family drama in one, this book is as beautiful as it is understated. The author presents us with a fascinatingly structured look into Japanese society and a depiction of mourning and grief that is universally recognizable.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A dark, encapsulating story that will certainly reel you in completely.” Bustle
“A transnational literary tour-de-force. Readers will be carried along by its creepy charm.” Japan Times
“Goenawan infuses her postmodern tale with enough complexity, suspense, and emotional connection to make it memorable and haunting.” Library Journal, Starred Review
“Luminous, sinister, and page-turning all at once. I loved it.” Kate Hamer, internationally bestselling author
“A beautiful mystery setup with a complex, magical love story.” Eka Kurniawan, author of Beauty Is a Wound

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Author Bio: Clarissa Goenawan

Author Bio: Clarissa Goenawan

Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in Singapore, Australia, the UK, and the US. Rainbirds is her first novel.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English