Thursday, October 7, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring Fault Lines by Emily Itami. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

Fault Lines

Beginning:  The whole Kiyoshi situation started a long time before he was ever in the picture.


Page 56:  When he saw me, he smiled, and I timed my exit so I could walk out with him.


My thoughts:  I've been hearing lots of buzz about this debut novel, and the comparison to Sally Rooney and Helen Fielding's work has made me extremely curious about this book.


From GoodReads: Combining the incisive intimacy of Sally Rooney with the sharp wit of Helen Fielding, a compulsively readable and astonishingly relatable debut novel about marriage, motherhood, love, self and the vibrant, surprising city that is modern Tokyo.

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.


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  1. Another book set in Tokyo. I love the description. Sounds very good. My Friday quotes

  2. I second @AnneHeadFullofBooks comment. I also saw another book set in Tokyo today. I haven't heard much about Fault Lines either, but it does look like an interesting read. Have a great weekend!

  3. I'm super intrigued by the links to both Sally Rooney and Helen Fielding, that definitely makes me want to pick it up! Also, stunning cover. I hope you enjoy this one and that you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. This sounds really good and I love the cherrie blossoms on the cover. It will always remind me of Tokyo. Tokyo seems to be a popular destination this weekend!

    Elza Reads

  5. Great excerpts, and the blurb is calling to me. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  6. Sounds great! I hope you enjoy it. My link is here if you'd like to stop by:

  7. Interesting! I really like the first line and it has me wanting to read more.

  8. I'm interested in more! Happy weekend!