The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida
Author: Clarissa N. Goenawan
Japan 1990. Miwako Sumida’s life seems perfect—until the day she disappears to end her life.
Hoping to uncover the reason behind Miwako’s death, her friends, Ryusei and Chie, travel to the village where Miwako spent her last few months. It is in this trip that Chie will confess to Ryusei one of Miwako’s deepest hidden secrets involving an erotic zine, and Miwako’s real feelings for Ryusei. Meanwhile, a stranger turns up in Fumi’s studio.
In a twist of events that evokes the best of magical realism, the characters open up to each other about the different yet horrifying pasts that have led them to that moment.
Ethereal and unsettling, touching on important issues such as mental health, suicide, and sexual abuse, The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida is another dark and layered literary novel by Clarissa Goenawan that will delight the readers of her successful debut Rainbirds and open her melancholic Japanese world to others.