Read an Extract of Clarissa Goenawan’s Bewitching Novel, The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida

Read an Extract of Clarissa Goenawan’s Bewitching Novel, The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida

Ryusei and Chie returned to the pathway. Tall grass had given way to dense trees, so close together they almost blocked out the sun. Some of their leaves had fallen, covering the dark mossy ground. Tiny white mushrooms were scattered around their roots. The sound of trickling water had faded away, but every once in a while, a bird chirped in the distance. Amidst this endless wave of trees, it seemed as if they were the only two people left in the world.

“Do you think this is where Miwako hanged herself?” Ryusei asked.

Chie stopped walking. The question sparked a series of troubling thoughts. Had Miwako died here? Now that the thought was planted in her mind, the mountain felt anything but peaceful.

She could almost hear the forest spirit calling her, beckoning her to join souls with it, just as Miwako had, to remain here forever.

Stay here, so you can be free. You no longer need to carry this burden.

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      Publisher details

      The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida
      Author
      Clarissa Goenawan
      Publisher
      Scribe
      Genre
      Fiction
      Released
      29 September, 2020

      Synopsis

      A bewitching novel set in contemporary Japan about the mysterious suicide of a young woman. Miwako Sumida is dead.Now those closest to her try to piece together the fragments of her life. Ryusei, who has always loved her, follows Miwako’s trail to a remote Japanese village. Chie, Miwako’s best friend, was the only person to know her true identity — but is now the time to reveal it? Meanwhile, Fumi, Ryusei’s sister, is harbouring her own haunting secret.Together, they realise that the young woman they thought they knew had more going on behind her seemingly perfect façade than they could ever have dreamed.
      Clarissa Goenawan
      About the author

      Clarissa Goenawan

      Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her debut novel Rainbirds won the 2015 Bath Novel Award and was shortlisted for three further prizes. Her short stories have won several awards and been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida is her second novel.

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