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  • Fault Lines

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Itami
  • Narrated by: Lydia Wilson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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By: Emily Itami
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Publisher's summary

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award

"What is the cost of a mother’s desire?... Emily Itami explores this question with wit and poignancy." (New York Times Book Review)

"The perfect marriage of Sally Rooney and early Murakami." (Kathy Wang, author of Impostor Syndrome)

Mizuki is a Japanese housewife. She has a hardworking husband, two adorable children, and a beautiful Tokyo apartment. It’s everything a woman could want, yet sometimes she wonders whether she would rather throw herself off the high-rise balcony than spend another evening not talking to her husband and hanging up laundry.

Then, one rainy night, she meets Kiyoshi, a successful restaurateur. In him, she rediscovers freedom, friendship, and the neon, electric pulse of the city she has always loved. But the further she falls into their relationship, the clearer it becomes that she is living two lives - and in the end, we can choose only one.

Funny, provocative, and startlingly honest, Fault Lines is for anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and asked, who am I and how did I get here? A bittersweet love story and a piercing portrait of female identity, it introduces Emily Itami as a debut novelist with astounding resonance and wit.

©2021 Emily Itami (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Dear Listener,

What did I learn about myself while writing Fault Lines?
" Fault Lines is set in Tokyo, and I wrote it after I moved back to London. I loved writing myself back to Japan, and the whole time I was writing I kept thinking of more and more things I wanted to include. It was a kind of intensive daydreaming that was going on at the back of my mind all the time, and I guess one of the things I learned was that there were a lot of details stored there that I don’t think I necessarily would have remembered if I hadn’t been working on the book. It was brilliant fun, retreating into my head and remembering things and then trying to get them down on paper. I also learned that I’m capable of even greater caffeine and biscuit consumption than I previously suspected, and that that is not necessarily a good thing." – Emily Itami, writer of Fault Lines

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