Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Newsletter

Iwaki Kei

Farewell, My Orange

Iwaki Kei

Farewell, My Orange

2018, pp. 144, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609454784
Translated by: Meredith McKinney
Region: Japan
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 11.99

The book

Two immigrants, Salimah and Sayuri, navigate isolation, a new language, and loss on their way to a lifelong friendship.

Far from her native country of Nigeria and now living as a single mother of two, Salimah works the night shift at a supermarket in small-town Australia. She is shy and barely speaks English, and signs up for an English class offered at the local university.

At the group’s first meeting, Salimah meets Sayuri, who has come to Australia from Japan with her husband, a resident research associate at the local college. Sayuri has put her own education on hold to take care of her infant daughter and is plagued by worries of financial instability and her precariousness.

When tragedy intrudes into the lives of both women, they look to one another for comfort and sustenance as they forge a lasting relationship in a language that is not their own.

Written with great warmth, Farewell, My Orange is a book about optimism in the face of adversity. In the stories of Salimah and Sayuri, readers will find a touching portrait of our need for others and the inevitability of change.

The author

Iwaki Kei
Iwaki Kei was born in Osaka. After graduating from college, she went to Australia to study English and ended up staying on, working as a Japanese tutor, an office clerk, and a translator of product manuals before marrying another Japanese expatriate. The country has now been her home for 20 years and counting. Farewell, My Orange, her debut novel, won both the Dazai Osamu Prize and the Ōe Kenzaburō Prize.

Reviews

More suggestions

  • Felicity Castagna

    No More Boats

    2019, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    A man and a nation unravel together
  • Laurent Gaudé

    Hear Our Defeats

    2019, pp. 256, £ 12.99
    A novel about the battles that define us. The battles lost, won, and those still being fought.
  • Pascale Pujol

    Little Culinary Triumphs

    2019, pp. 240, £ 12.99
    A banquet of a novel, to be savoured chapter by chapter.
  • Sandrine Collette

    Nothing But Dust

    2018, pp. 304, £ 12.99
    A primal tale of cruelty and redemption
  • Fabio Bartolomei

    We Are Family

    2018, pp. 320, £ 12.99
    How to save the world, one family at a time
  • Alicia Giménez-Bartlett

    Naked Men

    2018, pp. 416, £ 12.99
    How far would you go?