“Kirino wows with her latest novel. . . . Readers will devour this tragic story and be left transformed.” Publishers Weekly
The Goddess Chronicle
978-0-8021-2110-3 • $15.00 • Paperback • May 2014
“Fans of Kirino’s crime novels will find much to savor.… A taut, disturbing and timeless tale, filled with rage and pathos for the battles that women have to fight every day.” Tan Twan Eng, Guardian
“A dark and lovely feminist retelling of the Japanese creation myth.” NPR.com
“Both realistic and dreamlike … Kirino writes lyrically as she spins a magical and ethereal tale.” Kirkus Reviews
In a place like no other, on a mystical island in the shape of teardrop, two sisters are born into an esteemed family of oracles. Kamikuu is admired far and wide for her otherworldly beauty; small and headstrong Namima learns to live in her sister’s shadow. On her sixth birthday, Kamikuu is chosen to become the next Oracle, serving the realm of light, while Namima is forced to serve the realm of darkness. As the sisters undergo opposite fates, Namima is caught in an elaborate web of treachery and embarks on a journey that takes her from the experience of first love to the aftermath of scalding betrayal. From internationally bestselling crime writer Natsuo Kirino comes a mythical slice of feminist noir that sumptuously reimagines the ancient Japanese creation myth of Izanami and Izanaki.