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Territory of Light by Yūko Tsushima
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3.5 stars.

This small, quiet novel takes place during the year after the narrator separates from her husband and lives with her young daughter in an apartment. What I liked so much about this novel is that it's told in little vignettes and moments from their lives.

There is the sorrow, loneliness, and journey of the mom overlaid with the wonder, joy, and sometimes agony of the little girl. There is a lot of detail of simple every day things, the small pleasures, the small things that cause us deep sadness.

One of my favorite scenes happens pretty early on in the story when the water tank in the building has a leak and water floods everywhere and the two of them sneak out at night and go play in the water. There are so many little scenes like that.

I am really enjoying reading novels that are different in the rhythms and language they use and this was one of the ones I am really glad to have read.

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Reading Progress

January 18, 2019 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
January 18, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
March 4, 2019 – Started Reading
March 6, 2019 – Shelved
March 6, 2019 – Finished Reading

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