A Perfect Day to be Alone by Nanae Aoyama ISBN:9781529427684

Perfect Day to be Alone by Nanae Aoyama

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It was raining when I arrived at the house. The walls of my room were lined with cat photos, set in fancy frames just below the ceiling.

When her mother emigrates to China for work, twenty-year-old Chizu moves in with 71-year-old Ginko, an eccentric distant relative, taking a room in her ramshackle Tokyo home, with its two resident cats and the persistent rattle of passing trains.

Living their lives in imperfect symmetry, they establish an uneasy alliance, stress tested by Chizu’s flashes of youthful spite. As the four seasons pass, Chizu navigates a series of tedious part-time jobs and unsatisfying relationships, before eventually finding her feet and salvaging a fierce independence from her solitude.

A Perfect Day to be Alone is a moving, microscopic examination of loneliness and heartbreak. With flashes of deadpan humour and a keen eye for poignant detail, Aoyama chronicles the painful process of breaking free from the moorings of youth.

A Japanese contemporary classic for fans of Convenience Store Woman – at once wistful, darkly comic and painfully relatable

About the Author: Born in 1983, Nanae Aoyama is a Japanese fiction writer. She has won the Akutagawa Prize, the Bungei Prize and the Yasunari Kawabata Literary Prize. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, German, French, and Italian.

09 May 2024

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Paperback / softback


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)




Jesse Kirkwood

Publication Date

09 May 2024

A Perfect Day to be Alone by Nanae Aoyama ISBN 9781529427684

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