The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida
Author: Clarissa N. Goenawan
Japan 1990. Miwako Sumida’s life seems perfect—until the day she disappeared to end her life.
Miwako’s life is told through the eyes of Ryusei, a level-headed upper classman who is hopelessly in love with Miwako; Chie, Miwako’s best friend since high school who hides a secret of her own; and Fumi, Ryusei’s older sister and Miwako’s artistic and glamorous mentor with a painful past.
Hoping to uncover the reason behind Miwako’s death, 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 evoke the best of magical realism, the characters open up to each other about their different yet horrifying pasts that has led them to where they are.
Ethereal and unsettling, touching 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 novel Rainbirds as well as open her melancholic Japanese world to others.