The Woman in the Purple Skirt

Natsuko Imamura
Translated by Lucy North

Clever, bewildering and darkly comic, The Woman in the Purple Skirt is the story of two women whose lives are set to become terribly entwined.

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‘Chilling.’ Vogue
‘As unusual as it is alluring.’ Elle
‘Delightfully disturbing.’ Refinery 29
‘Very powerful.’ Sayaka Murata
‘Disquieting.’ Paula Hawkins
‘You will be obsessed.’ Leila Slimani

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.

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A chilling tale of envy and vulnerability. Clear space on your reading list now.

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A voyeuristic thriller . . . This study in fascination, translated from Japanese, is as unusual as it is alluring.

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Delightfully disturbing . . . Imamura does weird singularly well, and keeps the suspense taut throughout the novel, always teasing an answer to the questions: Why this woman? What makes her so special? What makes any of us worth watching at all?

Refinery 29
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Disquieting and wryly funny, The Woman in the Purple Skirt is a taut and compelling depiction of loneliness and obsession.

Paula Hawkins
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Very powerful . . . Meticulous and extremely precise . . . Reading this book made me feel like I was in an unstable and strange world.

Sayaka Murata
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A breathless novel that depicts with sly humor the strange relationship between two women in contemporary Japan. You too will be obsessed with the Woman in the Purple Skirt and held in suspense until the last page.

Leila Slimani

Natsuko Imamura was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1980. Her fiction has won various prestigious Japanese literary prizes, including the Noma Literary New Face Prize, the Mishima Yukio Prize, and the Akutagawa Prize. She lives in Osaka with her husband and daughter.

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