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The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan
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really liked it

Clarissa Goenawan's follow-up to "Rainbirds" is somewhat of a departure from it. While it maintains the well executed mix between mystery and magical realism, it also feels even more complete than its predecessor. There is a mystery regarding the circumstances around yet another untimely death of a young woman. Along the way of the mystery being solved by way of undoing layers from the past and the present, there is also unusual occurrences going around the characters - some of which are explained in time, while others are left vague.

I like how the book is told from the perspective of three people who were close with Miwako. It makes the novel more multi-dimensional and, in many cases, feel like I'm reading three stories in one. There was one perspective that I didn't really care for though, and thought it could have been better developed had the character been more embedded in the overall story.

A part of me also wishes that the circumstances surrounding the reasoning behind Miwako taking her own life was also left vague. The reason: I didn't like the backstory on it. Obviously, I won't get into it, but I will give a trigger warning for those who can't handle content surrounding suicide, rape, and toxic family relationships.

Otherwise, I'd say this was a strong sophomore novel from Goenawan. Her writing continues to captivate me.

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Reading Progress

September 30, 2019 – Shelved
September 30, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 28, 2020 – Started Reading
July 31, 2020 – Finished Reading

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