What's Left of Me is Yours (Hardback)Stephanie Scott (author)
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Following a woman in search of the truth of her mother’s murder in modern Tokyo, What’s Left of me Is Yours is an intoxicating, beautifully constructed story about betrayal and the brutal things that are done in the name of love.
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021
A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, What's Left of Me Is Yours follows a young woman's search for the truth about her mother's life - and her murder.
In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the wakaresaseya (literally "breaker-upper"), a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings.
When Sato hires Kaitaro, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Sato has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitaro's job is to do exactly that - until he does it too well.
While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitaro fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter Sumiko's life.
Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, What's Left of Me Is Yours explores the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, asking where we draw the line between passion and possession.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 36 mm
'I loved What's Left of Me Is Yours. Gripping, heartbreaking, immersive. I read it with my heart in my throat.' - Sara Collins
'A brilliant debut.' - Louise Doughty
'Dark, addictive and eye-opening, this is a brilliant debut.' - Stylist
'This incredible debut is one you'll be pressing into the hands of others... it's an exquisite read.' - Woman's Weekly
'[Scott] weaves in fascinating explanations of the legal system... the world she creates in What's Left of Me Is Yours feels very sure under foot: deeply researched, but delicately described.' - The Observer
'Inspired by a real life situation, this spellbinding story set against the marriage break-up industry in Japan has devastating consequences you almost forget about, so immersed are you in the character's lives... An exquisitely crafted masterpiece you'll be pressing into the hands of others.' - Woman & Home
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