Solo Dance Book
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RELEASE DATE - 2 JUNE 2022
A powerful novel about the LGBTQ rights movement and gay love in Japan and Taiwan, from the most important queer voice of East Asia's millennial generation.
Cho Norie, twenty-seven and originally from Taiwan, is working an office job in Tokyo. While her colleagues worry about the economy, life-insurance policies, marriage, and children, she is forced to keep her unconventional life hidden--including her sexuality and the violent attack that prompted her move to Japan.
There is also her unusual fascination with death: she knows from personal experience how devastating death can be, but for her it is also creative fuel. Solo Dance depicts the painful coming of age of a gay person in Taiwan and corporate Japan.
This striking debut is an intimate and powerful account of a search for hope after trauma.
"With her powerful voice, Kotomi blows a fresh, new breeze into the often introverted world of contemporary Japanese literature."
Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
"It takes only a moment for the idea of death to spark in a heart pushed to its limits. All that remains is that spark and the deep breathing of our narrator who has had to live in the dark. The vicious pain that squirms beautifully at the heart of this novel holds an incredible power, perhaps becoming a salvation for the reader."
Sayaka Murata, author of Convenience Store Woman
"In Li Kotomi's empathetic novel Solo Dance, a young woman struggles to find her place in a world that is hostile to her sexual identity. A moving character study about the consequences of homophobia, and the resilience that's required to survive it."
"This book is carried by the literary traditions which the author has taken into her very being, along with an energy fostered by the breaking of cultural and linguistic barriers."