Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima, read by Rina Takasaki.
Territory of Light is the radiant story of a young woman, living alone in Tokyo with her two-year-old daughter. Its twelve chapters follow the first year of the narrator's separation from her husband. The novel is full of light, sometimes comforting and sometimes dangerous: sunlight streaming through windows, dappled light in the park, distant fireworks, dazzling floodwater, de-saturated streetlamps and mysterious explosions. The delicate prose is beautifully patterned: the cumulative effect is disarmingly powerful and bright after-images remain in your mind for a long time afterwards.
Spiky, atmospheric and intimate, filled with moments of strangeness that linger in the mind
In this short, powerful novel lurk the joy and guilt of single parents everywhere
This exquisite and poignant novel . . . will resonate with single mothers always and everywhere
An extraordinary book . . . cool analytic intelligence propelled by sudden eruptions of passion
An astonishing and exquisite masterpiece about love, motherhood, female independence, and the restoration of a damaged family. Yuko Tsushima is an unforgettable name alongside great masters like Virginia Woolf, Alice Munro and Elizabeth Strout
From 'tough cookies' to 'bad mothers' to modern day heroes, depictions of single motherhood have always reflected society's shifting attitudes. From Yuko Tsushima to Jacqueline Wilson and Sophie Heawood, Arwa Haider traces the story.