• Tsushima evades any label, her fiction transcends gender to focus on the existential loneliness that is at the heart of humanity.

    Japan Times
  • Wonderfully poetic ... extraordinary freshness ... a Virginia Woolf quality

    BBC Radio 3
  • Spiky, atmospheric and intimate, filled with moments of strangeness that linger in the mind

    The Spectator
  • In this short, powerful novel lurk the joy and guilt of single parents everywhere