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Rainbirds

(2018)
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Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man’s path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister’s murder.
 
Ren Ishida has nearly completed his graduate degree at Keio University when he receives news of his sister’s violent death. Keiko was 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 turn her back on the family and Tokyo for this desolate place years ago.

But then Ren is offered Keiko’s newly vacant teaching position at a prestigious local cram school and her bizarre former arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s ailing wife. He accepts both, abandoning Tokyo and his crumbling relationship there in order to better understand his sister’s life and what took place the night of her death.

As Ren comes to know the eccentric local figures, from the enigmatic politician who’s boarding him to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, captivating young female student, he delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren realizes that Keiko Ishida kept many secrets, even from him.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A hauntingly moving story of loss and alienation." - Jake Arnott

"Luminous, sinister, and page-turning all at once. I loved it." - Kate Hamer

"A beautiful mystery setup with a complex, magical love story." - Eka Kurniawan

"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." - Barry Lancet

"Rainbirds is a deeply immersive novel: I lost myself in Goenawan's masterful rendering of a sleepy Japanese town." - Elisa Lodato

"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." - Hollie Overton


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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rainbirds
Author(s): Clarissa Goenawan
ISBN: 1-61695-855-3 / 978-1-61695-855-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rainbirds
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ISBN: 1-61695-965-7 / 978-1-61695-965-4 (USA edition)
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March 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Rainbirds
Author(s): Clarissa Goenawan
ISBN: 1-66514-089-5 / 978-1-66514-089-8 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Rainbirds
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May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rainbirds
Author(s): Clarissa Goenawan
Publisher: Corsair
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March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rainbirds
Author(s): Clarissa Goenawan
Publisher: Soho Press
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