Rainbirds; Clarissa Goenawan
Ecco - 2018
Japan, 1994, Ren Ishida is finishing up his graduate studies in Tokyo when he learns that his older sister, Keiko has been murdered and that there are no suspects. Since Keiko was estranged from their parents, Ren heads to the fictional town of Akakawa to claim his sister's remains and personal effects. He soon finds himself, desperate to find out more information about his sister's personal life in the years since she left home. Ren takes a room, the very room, where his sister had stayed and even gets a teaching job, her vacated teaching job, at the university where she worked.
A thought provoking, compulsively readable, debut novel with style reminiscent of Haruki Murakami. The writing is beautiful, part mystery with bits of magical realism, but never too far over the top for my taste. The imagery created by this talented new author was an unexpected treat.
Rating - 5/5 - loved it