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Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
Mar 06, 2018 | 336 Pages
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A Bustle Most Anticipated Book of 2018
amNY, “Must Read Books in 2018”
The Huffington Post, “60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018”
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iBooks, “10 Debut Novels You Must Read”

Praise for Rainbirds

“Debut author Clarissa Goenawan spins a dark, encapsulating story that will certainly reel you in completely.” 

“Mysterious and dark.”
—Daily Beast

“​With its dream sequences, chance encounters and leisurely attention to music and food, this debut novel evokes the simple joys of early Haruki Murakami . . . A satisfying heartfelt tale about letting go.”

​”Elegantly ​[combines] a suspenseful mystery with an eloquent meditation on love and loss.​”

​”​In a genre-bending novel about family and loss that shifts from a murder mystery to magical realism, Goenawan infuses her postmodern tale with enough complexity, suspense, and emotional connection to make it memorable and haunting​.”
Library Journal, Starred Review​

“Dreamlike . . . character-driven focus and introspective tone will attract literary-fiction readers.”

“[A] well-paced mystery . . . Goenawan’s debut balances a finely wrought plot with patient, measured portraits of fragile relationships, making for a spare yet inviting novel that grabs hold and doesn’t let go.”
—Publishers Weekly 

“Goenawan’s debut proves to be a soulful whodunit full of deadpan humor and whimsical narrative unpredictability. A witty, well-constructed debut.”
—Kirkus Reviews 

“Goenawan offers a moving investigation of love, loss, and grief.” 
—Asian Review of Books ​ 

​”A​ work of deep tenderness and ardent storytelling.​” 
—Kingdom Books​

​”Luminous, sinister, and page-turning all at once. I loved it.” 
—Kate Hamer, internationally bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral 

“A beautiful mystery setup with a complex, magical love story.” 
—Eka Kurniawan, award-winning author of Beauty Is a Wound 

“A beautiful, well-crafted story, Rainbirds is an exploration of grief, love and loss. Clarissa Goenawan has written a powerful debut novel that will leave readers craving more.” 
Hollie Overton, internationally bestselling author of Baby Doll

“Like the imaginary town in Japan in which it takes place, Rainbirds possesses a charm that is at once cloistered, quiet, and mysterious. Carefully crafted and paced, the novel captivates with its reflective, dreamlike tone. A promising debut from Clarissa Goenawan.” 
—Dee Lestari, award-winning singer-songwriter and author of the Supernova series 

Rainbirds is that rarest of debut novels—confident, transportive, and utterly enthralling. Clarissa Goenawan explores the mysteries of small-town Japan, drawing readers in with understated prose, then ensnaring with a subtle spell, exposing, grain by grain, the secrets behind a young woman’s death.”  
—Barry Lancet, award-winning author of Japantown

“A hauntingly moving story of loss and alienation.”
—Jake Arnott, internationally bestselling author of The Long Firm

Rainbirds is a deeply immersive novel: I lost myself in Goenawan’s masterful rendering of a sleepy Japanese town.”
—Elisa Lodato, author of An Unremarkable Body

“A touching and evocative exploration of grief and love in a fictional Japanese town, Rainbirds is a haunting debut.”
—Susanna Jones, award-winning author of The Earthquake Bird 

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