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Inheritors by Asako Serizawa
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Jul 14, 2020 | ISBN 9780385545372

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*A most anticipated book of the month by Bustle, Electric Lit, & Chicago Review of Books*

“Ambitious…Gripping…Serizawa’s fiction is convincingly rooted in the intimate, yet still provocatively collective, quandaries of her characters.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Stunning and visceral…Serizawa’s brave storytelling gives us more than an epic arc. She creates a narrative that is in and of itself a multidimensional space. As well, it’s an homage to the surreal artistry of writers like Jorge Luis Borges — whose voice she manages to honor with a story which is not an echo but her own capacious, original illumination.”
NPR, Morning Edition

Inheritors reveals an author of fierce intellect looking at war legacies from this angle and that, working her way into their nuances. By deconstructing the toolkit of the novel, Serizawa dodges the inevitability of a war narrative to offer a wistful hope or a melodramatic tragedy. Instead, she creates a more powerful form in which she can align the pieces to magnify each other like the lenses of a telescope. This powerful, intelligent book stands in the company of William T. Vollman and W.G. Sebald and their investigations of life during wartime or in the long shadow after. But the tone, the structure, and the territory are all Serizawa’s, in a book that deserves to become a crucial pillar in the literature of war.”
Kenyon Review

“These stories by Asako Serizawa are tremendous, intimate, startling and essential; they show us how the past is so often the most powerful force in what we idly call the present.”
Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

“An extraordinary book—beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant and profoundly moving. Asako Serizawa imbues her characters with so much depth and generosity that I felt as if I were reading about people I already knew and loved. An intensely powerful book by a writer with endless talent.”
Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

“This splendid story collection is a sword through the heart. Asako Serizawa depicts with rare acuity and nuance several generations of one far-flung family as it’s buffeted by the forces of war, migration, displacement, and that ultimate crucible, time. There are no easy answers or clean resolutions in Serizawa’s stories, but what you will find is the genuine stuff of human experience, rendered with precision and honesty.  Inheritors is debut fiction delivered with the verve of a master.”
Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

“I was struck again and again not only by the remarkable scope and multiplicity of Inheritors but by the voices Serizawa inhabits—each is so distinct and yet wonderfully intimate. A book to be savored, slowly, overflowing with lifeblood and endurance.”
Peter Orner, author of Maggie Brown & Others

“Stunning…With beautiful lyrical prose, Serizawa presents a powerful and heartbreaking look into the ways war, colonization, and loss affect not only the survivors, but the generations that inherit these stories.”
Booklist

“Elegant…An assured debut.”
Kirkus

“[A] dynamic debut…By showing Japan as both colonizer and colonized, Serizawa delivers an elegant, stimulating web of stories.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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