Most of the information in Nakajima’s deceptively simple prose about the characters’ lives, personalities, experiences and relationships is revealed indirectly through a series of dialogues that alternate between the present day, and the period immediately following the Second World War. This di…
Things Remembered and Things Forgotten
‘When I think of menopause I don’t think of hot flashes; I am not here to talk about hot flashes.’ Mary Ruefle on menopause.
Urvashi Butalia on the life of transgender Mona Ahmed and her search for a feminine identity.
The Weak Spot
‘Murder class was the new thing, but of course they didn’t call it that. They called it Specialised Life Skills for Girls.’ – Sophie Mackintosh
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex’ – A poem by Angélica Freitas, translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
‘On the boat none of them will know who will meet them where they go. This is the world, they say to themselves. There is no need to worry. And this part is true, as worry functions were never built in.’
See What You Do to Me
‘My intention was to protect myself, and not to have to go back on my word.’