'All She was Worth' was a refreshing change from the overplayed gendered stereotypes of one of Japan's most notorious contemporary female writers, Banana Yoshimoto. Miyuki Miyabe is currently one of the top female writers in Japan. With good reason. The characters are well developed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of Japanese bureaucracy and paperwork... which is, of course, why I read the novel. It was wonderful to have the intricacies of personal relationships become entangled with family registers and job applications. It gave the novel a complexity that sets Miyabe apart.
My three stars are not due to any faults in the book, but rather to my personal interests--detective novels have never really thrilled me.