Friday, April 7, 2023

Shelf Control: A True Novel by Minae Mizumura


Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk  about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I have French Movie Mercredi on Wednesdays already, so. Shelf Control is hosted at


Today's pick is A True Novel, by Minae Mizumura.

A True Novel is a two-part series sold as a single boxed set, a retelling of Wuthering Heights in 20th century Japan. It was published in 2013 by Other Press.

How and when I got it:

I bought my copy at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, my old workplace.

Why I Want to Read It

I love Japanese literature and this just looked so neat and cool. My copy is still shrinkwrapped! I should at least take off the shrinkwrap. The premise struck me as interesting even though I really hated Wuthering Heights. I want to see what this writer does with it, and the book won the Yomiuri Literature Prize. It's described as a nineteenth-century style immersive epic. That's just my style.


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