Idol Burning

Idol Burning by Rin Usami

Idol, Burning by Rin Usami (transl Asa Yoneda): ‘My life without him was only an afterlife’  

I’ve long felt uneasy about the relationship between celebrities and the public, not least the way the media refers to them by their first name as if we know them intimately. It’s particularly painful when the celebrity in question was a child star. Rin Usami’s Idol, Burning examines that relationship through a young girl who

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Books to Look Out For Out for in November 2022: Part Two

I’m kicking off this second instalment of November titles with a novel which suits the season well. Set in snowy upstate New York, Lynn Steger Strong’s Flight follows three siblings and their families facing their first Christmas without their beloved mother. Tess and Martin are late setting off from their smart, new city apartment. Kate and

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