- Expected 1 Jun 2021
'You will be obsessed.' LEILA SLIMANI
'It will keep you firmly in its grips.' OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE
The Woman in the Purple Skirt is being watched. Someone is following her, always perched just out of sight, monitoring which buses she takes; what she eats; whom she speaks to. But this invisible observer isn't a stalker - it's much more complicated than that.
'Disquieting and wryly funny, The Woman in the Purple Skirt is a taut and compelling depiction of loneliness and obsession.' PAULA HAWKINS
'Very powerful . . . Reading this book made me feel like I was in an unstable and strange world.' SAYAKA MURATA
Japanese author Imamura invites the reader to become a voyeur of the everyday in her graceful English-language debut, in which plot takes a backseat to character study. The lonely, self-deprecating narrator, who refers to herself as the Woman in the Yellow Cardigan in contrast to the novel's eponymous subject of her obsession, watches the woman's daily public routines and describes them in minute, adulatory detail, expressing her desire for friendship while failing to approach more closely than leaving magazines with job listings circled near the woman's habitual park bench. Lines between public and private blend as the narrator guides the woman to a housekeeping job at the hotel where she works, and tails her to glimpse snippets of her secret personal life. The narrator's intense one-way nonsexual desire creates an off-balance frisson of strangeness in which the focused energy expended by her contrasts with the woman's charmed-life obliviousness, and an inherently dull existence becomes infused with the power of fascination. Psychological thrillers fans who appreciate subtlety should take a look.