Sunday 21 June 2020

Book Review: The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan (Contemporary)

Title: The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida
Author: Clarissa Goenawan
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publication Date: 29 September 2020
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley


Miwako Sumida is dead.

Now those closest to her try to piece together the fragments of her life. Ryusei, who has always loved her, follows Miwako’s trail to a remote Japanese village. Chie, Miwako’s best friend, was the only person to know her true identity — but is now the time to reveal it? Meanwhile, Fumi, Ryusei’s sister, is harbouring her own haunting secret.

Together, they realise that the young woman they thought they knew had more going on behind her seemingly perfect fa├žade than they could ever have dreamed.

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida is a fascinating character-study piece. The story delves into many themes, but with a particular focus on identity and how it can impact relationships and our sense of self. The LGBT aspects of the tale are nicely handled, and the story moved along at a good pace. The prose style was simple yet thoughtful, and I was always keen to keep turning the pages. The slight fantasy tinges here and there also blended well with the rest of the story, and I found the ending satisfying. Overall, an enjoyable read and I would certainly be interested in picking up more books by Goenawan in the future. 4.5 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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