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Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda

Where The Wild Ladies Are

Aoko Matsuda

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Imprint: Tilted Axis Press
Publisher: Tilted Axis Press
Publication date: 13 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781911284383
5 stars out of 5
13 Mar 2020

"Ghost stories, demons, skeletons … traditional tales with a feminist twist"

Polly Barton translates this short story collection by Japanese writer Matsuda Aoko, in which traditional Japanese ghost stories are given feminist retellings. A woman fishes a skeleton out of a river on a fishing trip and becomes lovers with the ghost she has freed, who in the original story was killed by the man she refused to marry; “What a bastard that guy was… fuck!” says the ghost’s new girlfriend. These ghosts are not the monstrous, vengeful spirits of the original stories; they are real people with agency and personalities, finally freed from the restraints placed on living women. Funny, beautiful, surreal and relatable, this is a phenomenal book.