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Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino's award-winning literary mystery Out .

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot's ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.

At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, Out is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, ©2003.
Edition: First Vintage International edition.
ISBN: 9781400078370
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KIR
Characteristics: 400 pages
Additional Contributors: Snyder, Stephen 1957-- Translator


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Aug 15, 2017

Definitely *NOT for the faint of heart, Kirino's novel Out is a crime thriller told from a uniquely Japanese viewpoint and style. Housewives are here, yakuza and the underbelly of society also present. The story hinges on murder and the perennial problem of what to do with the body so you won't get caught.
I appreciated how Kirino's storytelling used realistic detail in cultural manners and particularly how each of the women navigate the restrictions of their status as women. The twists in the story keep you on edge, body horror abounds in brutal detail, but always in service to the plot.

Mar 23, 2017

I highly suggest you stay IN and read this book!

Mar 30, 2016

I really wanted to like this book, but after almost 200 pages, I just couldn't continue. The author allows the female characters to express the suppressed rage of (Japanese) society. That was valuable. The book wasn't thrilling to me, but plodding. I am wondering if I felt dissonance because the translator is male. It is a feminist book, why a male translator? I am reading her other book, The Goddess Chronicles which is translated by a woman to see if that makes a difference to me.

Jul 07, 2015

This book, without a doubt, is a masterpiece. The plot is twisted and unpredicted. The author Natsuo Kirino, is a mastermind behind all those twists.

SLS71 Jul 11, 2013

Just when the book would start to drag, there was a twist or turn I didn't see coming. It was a very dark book, and I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but overall very good.

Mar 16, 2013

Out, written by Natsuo Kirino, is a thrilling adventure following four women. When a mother working at a factory creating boxed lunches murders her husband she realizes the repercussions of her actions are severe. She seeks the help of her fellow co workers in an attempt to save herself from getting caught. I chose this book at my school when we were doing a novel study and I’m glad I did. The book touches on the subject of the role women have in society in Japan and how they are breaking out of the shell. This book is written very well. The author paints a picture in the readers mind with the various settings and actions that the characters do. The suspense to know that these women can be caught at any time and the thought process behind their actions is very interesting to read about. Many characters that seem to have different personalities all connect in some way. This book doesn’t give a clear cut reason for everything that happens and this is a good thing. It gives the reader a chance to create assumptions and possibilities and this shows the flexibility of the book. The differences between the four women are loud and clear and the reader gets to create a personal attachment to each one. The book touches on the subject of the role women have in society in Japan and how they are breaking out of the shell. The end is very shocking and satisfying. Overall, this was a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

stasia03 Jul 21, 2011

Loved this.

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