Born in Tokyo, Taeko Kono (1926-2015) was "one of the most significant feminist writers of postwar Japan" (Japan Times). Lucy North is a Japanese translator and editor based in the southeast of England.
"A sense of unease permeates this disturbing and exceptional collection of stories centered on unhappy women in postwar Japan." -- Publishers Weekly
"Reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor's works, Kono's stories explore the dark, terrifying side of human nature that manifests itself in antisocial behavior." -- World Literature Today