Japan: An all women short fiction collection

Review of Inside and Other Short Fiction by various, edited by Cathy Lyne

The tagline on the cover of this provocative anthology pretty much sums it up in a nutshell: “Japanese women by Japanese women.” Featuring eight short stories and a foreword by novelist Ruth Ozeki, “Inside and Other Short Fiction” is a gritty introduction to contemporary writers who explore the issue of female identity.

Even the jacket art helps tie the theme of the collection together, featuring Tomoko Sawada’s arresting photo-booth images of herself in a variety of guises — images that question not only her own identity but the identity of all women.

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