• "[An] exquisitely written observation of contemporary Japan... Jan Blensdorf is from Australia, but her sensitive perceptions of a society in crisis make this modern pillow book well worth its plucking from the publisher's slush pile"

  • "Cultural observations float through her prose like butterflies, but sting like a bee in the end"

    Liza Dalby
  • "A poetic tale about the social constraints and collective unconscious of modern Japan... Like the Japanese calligraphy the narrator is taught, Blensdorf's sparse prose creates word-paintings of great subtlety"

    Literary Review
  • "Set in Tokyo the story glides across the contradictions of contemporary Japanese culture - its deep traditions and manic consumerism..."

    The Times
  • "A subtle meditation on beauty and womanhood"