Rainbirds

Rainbirds

Clarissa Goenawan?s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan. Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko's sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's Clarissa Goenawan?s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fict...

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Title:Rainbirds
Author:Clarissa Goenawan
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Genres:Mystery
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Number of Pages:323 pages pages

Rainbirds Reviews

  • Y.Z.
    Jan 16, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

  • ☮Karen
    Apr 26, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

  • Kathleen Flynn
    Sep 16, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

  • Julia Buckley
    Nov 29, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

  • Rachel
    Mar 01, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

    Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds Gramedia Pustaka Utama 400 pages 5.0 Clarissa Goenawan's debut, Rainbirds, is, by any means, not a bad book, but its sparse and incoherent plot--not to mention its flat characters--somehow gets the better of its tranquil and serene atmosphere that Go...

    Rainbirds is a mystery that builds slowly, winding its way around you as you get further and further to the edge of your seat. I don't normally read literary thrillers, but this was fantastic. I loved the sense of place Clarissa created in rural Japan, as well as the diverse cast of ch...

    Rainbirds by Haruki Murakami - sorry, Clarissa Goenawan - is about a man who attempts to investigate the murder of his sister by traveling to her home in Akakawa. It's also the most derivative book I've ever read. Look, I don't usually mind when the influence of another author is cl...

  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 28, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

  • Natalie
    Dec 14, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

  • E. Mellyberry
    Oct 16, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

  • Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
    Mar 31, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

  • Daniel
    Apr 02, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

    Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds Gramedia Pustaka Utama 400 pages 5.0 Clarissa Goenawan's debut, Rainbirds, is, by any means, not a bad book, but its sparse and incoherent plot--not to mention its flat characters--somehow gets the better of its tranquil and serene atmosphere that Go...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Mar 08, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

    Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds Gramedia Pustaka Utama 400 pages 5.0 Clarissa Goenawan's debut, Rainbirds, is, by any means, not a bad book, but its sparse and incoherent plot--not to mention its flat characters--somehow gets the better of its tranquil and serene atmosphere that Go...

    Rainbirds is a mystery that builds slowly, winding its way around you as you get further and further to the edge of your seat. I don't normally read literary thrillers, but this was fantastic. I loved the sense of place Clarissa created in rural Japan, as well as the diverse cast of ch...

    Rainbirds by Haruki Murakami - sorry, Clarissa Goenawan - is about a man who attempts to investigate the murder of his sister by traveling to her home in Akakawa. It's also the most derivative book I've ever read. Look, I don't usually mind when the influence of another author is cl...

    Ren Ishida, travels from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil town of Akakawa. His sister has been murdered, stabbed and discarded on the side of the road. As Ren attempts to put her affairs in order, he is slowly drawn into her life. He is offered and accepts her (now) vacant...

    Ren Ishida is stunned when he learns of his sister Keiko?s murder. He leaves Tokyo and his studies to travel to Akakawa to wrap up his sister?s affairs. Events lead to his taking over his sister?s job as a teacher and moving into her room in a rich politician?s home, taking ove...

    What I thought I was going to get with Rainbirds was not what I got. While I knew the storyline was going to focus on Ren Ishida, I thought it would stick closely to solving the mystery of his sister Keiko. What I got was more of Ren falling into Keikos life. It appears he was picking ...

    3.5 rounding up for Goodreads While the center of this story surrounds that death of Keiko, the main story is all about Ren and his way of coping with her death, the secrets that come to the surface and learning about himself. Set in a small town in Japan, what the author brings...

  • Kate Olson
    Dec 17, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

  • Abduraafi Andrian
    Mar 11, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

  • Justin Tate
    May 02, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

  • Caroline Ambrose
    Sep 21, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

  • Kate
    Apr 05, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

  • Marjorie
    Jan 28, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

    Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds Gramedia Pustaka Utama 400 pages 5.0 Clarissa Goenawan's debut, Rainbirds, is, by any means, not a bad book, but its sparse and incoherent plot--not to mention its flat characters--somehow gets the better of its tranquil and serene atmosphere that Go...

    Rainbirds is a mystery that builds slowly, winding its way around you as you get further and further to the edge of your seat. I don't normally read literary thrillers, but this was fantastic. I loved the sense of place Clarissa created in rural Japan, as well as the diverse cast of ch...

    Rainbirds by Haruki Murakami - sorry, Clarissa Goenawan - is about a man who attempts to investigate the murder of his sister by traveling to her home in Akakawa. It's also the most derivative book I've ever read. Look, I don't usually mind when the influence of another author is cl...

    Ren Ishida, travels from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil town of Akakawa. His sister has been murdered, stabbed and discarded on the side of the road. As Ren attempts to put her affairs in order, he is slowly drawn into her life. He is offered and accepts her (now) vacant...

    Ren Ishida is stunned when he learns of his sister Keiko?s murder. He leaves Tokyo and his studies to travel to Akakawa to wrap up his sister?s affairs. Events lead to his taking over his sister?s job as a teacher and moving into her room in a rich politician?s home, taking ove...

  • Leslie Ray
    Jun 04, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

  • Renee
    Mar 13, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

  • Steph
    Mar 13, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

  • Holly  B
    Mar 29, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

  • Book of the Month
    Mar 01, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

  • Elisa Lodato
    Oct 31, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

  • Mary Keliikoa
    Dec 03, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

  • Julie Clark
    Dec 13, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

  • Nawfal
    Feb 20, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

  • Carol Potenza
    Dec 03, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

  • Luke Hupton-MacGregor
    Jul 28, 2017

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

    Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds Gramedia Pustaka Utama 400 pages 5.0 Clarissa Goenawan's debut, Rainbirds, is, by any means, not a bad book, but its sparse and incoherent plot--not to mention its flat characters--somehow gets the better of its tranquil and serene atmosphere that Go...

    Rainbirds is a mystery that builds slowly, winding its way around you as you get further and further to the edge of your seat. I don't normally read literary thrillers, but this was fantastic. I loved the sense of place Clarissa created in rural Japan, as well as the diverse cast of ch...

  • She Always Reads  (Cia Black)
    May 19, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

    Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds Gramedia Pustaka Utama 400 pages 5.0 Clarissa Goenawan's debut, Rainbirds, is, by any means, not a bad book, but its sparse and incoherent plot--not to mention its flat characters--somehow gets the better of its tranquil and serene atmosphere that Go...

    Rainbirds is a mystery that builds slowly, winding its way around you as you get further and further to the edge of your seat. I don't normally read literary thrillers, but this was fantastic. I loved the sense of place Clarissa created in rural Japan, as well as the diverse cast of ch...

    Rainbirds by Haruki Murakami - sorry, Clarissa Goenawan - is about a man who attempts to investigate the murder of his sister by traveling to her home in Akakawa. It's also the most derivative book I've ever read. Look, I don't usually mind when the influence of another author is cl...

    Ren Ishida, travels from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil town of Akakawa. His sister has been murdered, stabbed and discarded on the side of the road. As Ren attempts to put her affairs in order, he is slowly drawn into her life. He is offered and accepts her (now) vacant...

    Ren Ishida is stunned when he learns of his sister Keiko?s murder. He leaves Tokyo and his studies to travel to Akakawa to wrap up his sister?s affairs. Events lead to his taking over his sister?s job as a teacher and moving into her room in a rich politician?s home, taking ove...

    What I thought I was going to get with Rainbirds was not what I got. While I knew the storyline was going to focus on Ren Ishida, I thought it would stick closely to solving the mystery of his sister Keiko. What I got was more of Ren falling into Keikos life. It appears he was picking ...

  • Truman32
    Apr 05, 2018

    3.5 There is something so distinctive about Japanese novels. The spare writing for one, not that there are no descriptions, but only as much as the reader needs to know for the story, no words wasted. The unemotional tone to the writing, for another, yet one can feel the emotions brimm...

    A whodunit based in Japan. A character study with a Japanese flair. There is a mystery, but this one is really a literary fiction with some moments of suspense and plenty of secrets to unravel. I was ever so curious while reading and wanted to know why someone would murder Ren?s s...

    The opposite of action-packed, but not necessarily boring. It?s a bit like watching gold fish. Nothing exciting happens but you still can?t turn away. The first few pages introduce the premise: a guy?s sister has been murdered and he learns a lot about himself and her as he picks...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of this novel which comes out next year. Fans of Murakami will not be disappointed by this lyrical, spell-binding evocation of a narrator who finds himself alone and grieving in a sleepy Japanese town. I lost myself in Goen...

    This was an engaging debut novel. The writing is minimalist and may not be for everyone. However, the thoughtful reflections on love, loss, and regret more than make up for this spare type of writing, which I found quite compelling. There is a mystery in that Ren Ichida seeks to find o...

    Written in a spare, minimalist style with hints of magical realism that feels very Japanese, Rainbirds tells the story of a man in his 20s whose older sister is murdered. He leaves Tokyo for the small town where she had been living in an effort to understand the sister he realizes he d...

    RAINBIRDS is a compelling and thoughtful story set in Japan in 1994. It's the story of Ren Ishida whose sister, Keiko, has just been murdered in her prime. Ren moves to the small town where Keiko lived and worked and takes a job at the school where Keiko taught. There he meets a beauti...

    Ulasan di Jurnal Ruang: https://jurnalruang.com/read/15221423... Percakapan-percakapan yang diciptakan di dalamnya begitu luruh, membuatku ikut hanyut bersama para tokoh. Aku bahkan ingin memulai semuanya kembali sesaat setelah mengakhiri buku ini. Riuh dalam kesederhanaan. Aku b...

    This book was a pleasant surprise--spare and lyrical prose in what seemed part Japanese novel, part mystery, part poetry. While the plot didn't always go in the direction I imagined it would and a few scenes seemed inauthentic to the overall story, there were unforgettable details in t...

    Why I Love It by BOTM Editorial Director Siobhan Jones Part of being on the editorial team here at BOTM means that I read the opening chapters of literally dozens of books each month. When I come across a story that makes me slow down and not look up until I?ve read from cover to...

    If you are a fan of Japanese novels, you will enjoy this wonderful book . The writing is amazing in its simplicity and the characters are compelling. ...

    I received an advance uncopyedited edition of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan from a Goodreads giveaway. It might not have been a book I picked up, but the cover drew me, as did the blurbs. This book, the writing, the story, were highly praised and I was curious. And I am so glad I read...

    A quietly wonderful literary family mystery set in a small town in Japan, this is a debut that I am SO happy I had the chance to read early. This is NOT a thriller or a fast-paced suspense story. It IS an incredibly thoughtful and spare story with hints of magical realism. Thanks to th...

    Rainbirds is a story about grief, and the lengths we will go through to resolve it. Goenawan writes with precise beauty, as we follow a brother intent on saying goodbye to a beloved sister who died too soon. Equal parts sinister and heartbreaking, Rainbirds will stay with you long afte...

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of Rainbirds. This haunting story is of a brother, Ren Ishida, who comes to a small Japan town where his sister was murdered to settle her affairs. By stepping into the life she left behind, he hopes to learn why his sister left him...

    This book was?interesting. Not what I expected. What I expected was something a bit more mysterious and thrilling, but what I got was more of a story of one man?s many exploits with women who don?t seem to extensively interest him, whilst wondering at the death of his sister and ...

    BOTM offered this as a ?spellbinding? debut about a brother?s quest for the truth behind his sister?s murder. People have called this book ?lyrical? (do they know what that word means?), ?luminous,? ?evocative,? and a number of other gushing adjectives that seemed r...

    RAINBIRDS is slightly different from my usual cup of tea. I love that I got the chance to read something outside my comfort zone. Plus, it's set in Japan. The book opens with a murder. Let me tell you, I've been guessing left and right the entire time and still got it wrong. That s...

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance manuscript of this book, which is to be published next year. This story was very interesting - it's about a young man named Ren Ishida, who's sister has been murdered. He travels to Akakawa, where she lived at the time of her murder, to try ...

    A journey simmering with melancholy through the alternating haziness and clarity brought on by grief. Three lost daughters and the person who finds them, willingly or not. ...

    5/5stars | Favorite Standalone Okay so. This book was my most anticipated book of the year - it was casually in my "anticipated books" list but the closer it got to its release, the more I NEEDED my hands on it. And this was the first time my most anticipated book of the year didn'...

    If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting for Ren to find ...

    First of all -- that cover! Sure to be my favorite of the year. The story itself, while not as favored as the cover, was respectable, especially for a debut. I enjoy reading books that take place in Japan. There is an underlying darkness here as in others I have read, a quiet and stead...

    Clarissa Goenawan Rainbirds Gramedia Pustaka Utama 400 pages 5.0 Clarissa Goenawan's debut, Rainbirds, is, by any means, not a bad book, but its sparse and incoherent plot--not to mention its flat characters--somehow gets the better of its tranquil and serene atmosphere that Go...

    Rainbirds is a mystery that builds slowly, winding its way around you as you get further and further to the edge of your seat. I don't normally read literary thrillers, but this was fantastic. I loved the sense of place Clarissa created in rural Japan, as well as the diverse cast of ch...

    Rainbirds by Haruki Murakami - sorry, Clarissa Goenawan - is about a man who attempts to investigate the murder of his sister by traveling to her home in Akakawa. It's also the most derivative book I've ever read. Look, I don't usually mind when the influence of another author is cl...

    Ren Ishida, travels from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil town of Akakawa. His sister has been murdered, stabbed and discarded on the side of the road. As Ren attempts to put her affairs in order, he is slowly drawn into her life. He is offered and accepts her (now) vacant...