Natsuko Imamura

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Natsuko Imamura

Natsuko Imamura 今村夏子

Natsuko Imamura  (1980–)  wrote her first work, the novella Kochira Amiko (Amiko Here), over a six-month period while temping. It was awarded the Dazai Osamu Prize in 2010. Paired with her subsequent work, Pikunikku (Picnic), under the combined title Kochira Amiko, the book won the Mishima Yukio Prize in 2011. She received the Kawai Hayao Literary Prize in 2017 for her story collection Ahiru (Duck). By her own account, Imamura only started reading novels seriously after the age of 20, having earlier hoped to write manga.

Books by Natsuko Imamura
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    Amiko Here

    In the title piece of this pair of novellas, a 15-year-old girl living alone with her grandmother looks back over her life. Amiko used to live in a family of four with her mother, father, and big brother, Kota. Shunned by the other pupils while at primary …

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    Child of the Stars

    This story of a girl who grows up in a family that finds comfort in a new religion centers mainly on events when she is a ninth grader, with flashbacks taking the reader to her earlier years. Chihiro Hayashi is considerably below normal weight at birth a …

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