Reads: Out

Four very different friends working in a boxed-lunch packing factory lead desperate, domestic lives. When Yayoi, the youngest and most beautiful of the women strangles her good-for-nothing husband in a burst of rage, it falls on her friends to help her deal with the body, and they are dragged into an underbelly they never knew existed.

I was going to work in a lame joke with ‘Desperate Housewives’ but Out by Natsuo Kirino is above that. The sheer domesticity of the womens’ lives drains with its existential inevitability, but their murderous descent gives an exquisite brutality that actually seems simultaneously uplifting and empowering. I really quite enjoyed this book.

(ISBN No: 978-1400078370) Check NLB Catalogue for item availability.

Thanks to the Viatch for giving me he book – I think it took me a whole year before getting round to reading it.


6 Responses to “Reads: Out”

  1. 1 Ivan Chew February 11, 2007 at 12:39

    Oh yeah, this was a really solid piece of contemporary fiction. I’d never have read the book if it wasn’t for a book discussion at the Heartlands Bookclub at Bukit Batok Community Library.

  2. 2 Isaak Kwok February 11, 2007 at 15:14


    You have been “High Browsed”! I’ve added you to our “High Browse Online“. As we are also looking for readers’ reviews, we would be more than glad to feature some of your reviews on our blog.


    Isaak Kwok
    High Browse Online

  3. 3 billy February 12, 2007 at 11:45

    Ivan: yeah, would’ve passed this by too if my friend hadn’t given me her copy.

    Isaak: please feel free to go ahead and put my stuff up on High Browse. i fear i’m already a little over-exposed on the site but i won’t mind if you don’t!

  4. 4 Lounge Lizard February 14, 2007 at 22:29

    There’s nothing called bad publicity. All publicity is goot publicity. Look at Paris, fer fuck’s sake!

  5. 5 Ivan Chew February 20, 2007 at 22:51

    A review’s a review, Billy. What “over-exposed”? Isaak didn’t give you the direct link to the High Browse Online entry, so here it is. p.s. Haven’t used the coffee voucher yet???

  6. 6 billy February 21, 2007 at 0:50

    havent leh, Ivan. anyway, thanks for the plug lah. i say don’t want, but actually i secretly damn gian.

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