Twinkle Twinkle

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They got married ten days ago. They haven't had sex yet and they don't intend to.

As it turned out, the only way to make their parents get off their backs about trying to "find someone" was actually finding somone--with whom to put marriage for show. Mutsuki is stictly gay and has a boyfriend, while Shoko is a clinical case of emotional instability who's in no shape for a relationship. They've each found in the other a perfect partner for a sham marriage. Since the conspirators'...

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Overview

They got married ten days ago. They haven't had sex yet and they don't intend to.

As it turned out, the only way to make their parents get off their backs about trying to "find someone" was actually finding somone--with whom to put marriage for show. Mutsuki is stictly gay and has a boyfriend, while Shoko is a clinical case of emotional instability who's in no shape for a relationship. They've each found in the other a perfect partner for a sham marriage. Since the conspirators' parents know of their own child's undesirability, but not the spouse's, the union manages to please them. And while the newlyweds hope, in their own way, to live happily ever after, they inevitably come face t o face with the fact that no marriage real or staged, is a fairy tale.

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Editorial Reviews

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Lambda Lit ReviewSimultaneously seductive and elusive...Ekuni serves up an array of subtly nuanced emotion. The GuardianBright and clear…(Twinkle Twinkle) is modern, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable. BUST MagazineThis book is simple. This book is a pearl...Twinkle Twinkle is totally earnest, and absolutely surprising." Book DescriptionThis is a savvy novel dealing with city life, commodity culture, marriage, forgiveness, and acceptance.
Kirkus Reviews
A featherweight romantic comedy, winner of Japan's Lady Murasaki Award. In this 1991 first novel, a marriage of convenience both unites and divides unhappy, hard-drinking translator Shoko and Mutsuki, a gay physician whose sardonic boyfriend Kon is very much a fixture on their scene. Mutsuki, a paragon of all the domestic virtues, cooks and cleans efficiently-and remains clueless as Shoko, obviously in love with him, fends off family requests for a baby, then considers artificial insemination, and settles for a compromise ménage. It's pretty inoffensive-but if you've read Stephen Macauley's popular The Object of My Affection, there's no really compelling reason to read Twinkle Twinkle. Author tour
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932234015
  • Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: First American Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaori Ekuni is one of Japan's most popular and admired writers. Twinkle Twinkle, her first novel, won the Murasaki Shikibu Literary Award and was a bestseller. In addition to being a prolific novelist and essayist, Ekuni is a skilled translator of children's books. She lives in Tokyo.
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