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Kathyrn Harrison reviews Natsuo Kirino in the New York Times Sunday Book Review

Real World

Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Kathryn Harrison explores Natsuo Kirino’s "disquieting and suspenseful" novel Real World in this edition of the New York Times Sunday Book Review. "From a writer who has declared Flannery O’Connor her favorite American author — one of the few whose obsessive focus on violence, epiphany and redemption equals Dostoyevsky’s — readers can expect a tour through the grotesque and the extreme," Harrison writes of Kirino and her new work.
Read the Review >> "Killer Children"

Kathryn Harrison, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the bestselling author of the memoir The Kiss. Her most recent book is While They Slept: An Inquiry In to the Murder of a Family. Read the NYT Review of Harrison's While They Slept here >> "Speaking the Unspeakable"

Natsuo Kirino is a Japanese novelist most famous for her 1997 novel, Out, which received the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction, Japan's top mystery award, and was a finalist (in English translation) for the 2004 Edgar Award. Real World and What Remains are her two latest novels translated into English.


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