Katherine Brabon

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The Shut-Ins

book | Fiction | Jul 2021
ANZ → Allen & Unwin Pty (Ed. Jane Palfreyman)

‘Not only is The Shut-Ins a compelling story about hikikomori, those who seek absolute isolation from society, and those who orbit them in their reclusion, it is also a profound exploration of loneliness, solitude, and that peculiar, ineffable yearning for inner or unconscious worlds; the chimeric 'other side'. Katherine Brabon is a precise and contemplative writer, her prose capable of intense, almost-heady evocation. I will read everything she writes.' - Hannah Kent, bestselling author of Burial Rites and The Good People


'Brabon's intellectual and emotional knowledge, and her plainspoken yet spellbinding prose come together in a mesmerising work of art.' - Mireille Juchau, bestselling author of The World Without Us

Mai and Hikaru went to school together in the city of Nagoya, until Hikaru disappeared when they were eighteen.
It is not until ten years later, when Mai runs into Hikaru’s mother, Hiromi Satō, that Mai learns he became a hikikomori, a recluse unable to leave his bedroom for years. In secret, Hiromi Satō hires Mai as a ‘rental sister’, to write letters to Hikaru and encourage him to leave his room.

Mai has recently married J, a devoted ‘salaryman’ with conservative ideas about the kind of wife Mai will be. The reunion with her old school friend, Hikaru, stirs Mai’s feelings of invisibility within her marriage. She is frustrated with her life and knows she will never fulfill J’s obsession with the ‘perfect wife and mother’. 

'What else is there for Mai to do but to disappear herself?
'Katherine Brabon's The Shut-Ins is quietly mesmerising. Brabon has created an exquisite portrait of loneliness and aloneness through the stories of four interconnected people living in modern day Japan. Her prose is original and vivid, I found myself entranced by this novel from its first sentence to its last.' - Anna Snoekstra, author of Only Daughter


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Reviews

‘ … a compelling novel about youthful alienation in a world where the path to success seems ridden with pitfalls: a perilous underground full of false dreams and the horrors of the subconscious.Brabon has Murakami’s verve and craftsmanship. Her love of Japan shines through: myths, metaphors, its social life, and the vividness of its human faces make this a particularly rewarding piece of fiction.’

Sydney Morning Herald
https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/when-the-pressure-builds-there-s-only-one-thing-to-do-disappear-20210730-p58edr.html

‘Brabon’s book is timely and thought-provoking but also fascinating and vividly original and creative.'

Newtown Review of Books

'Whether you’re a recovering recluse or recently cloistered, THE SHUT INS is a rewarding and reverberating read.'

Sydney Arts Guide
https://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/the-shut-ins-beyond-the-binge/

‘Brabon’s ability to weave a narrative about the spaces in between story advancement is interesting to experience, and takes considerable talent as an author.’

ArtsHub

‘I was drawn in utterly by The Shut-Ins. It illuminated the world around me in a strange and beautiful light, and it continues to unsettle my thoughts in the best possible way. At once bold and subtle, The Shut-Ins is a haunting and transportive reading experience.’

Emily Bitto, author of The Strays

'Brabon's intellectual and emotional knowledge, and her plainspoken yet spellbinding prose come together in a mesmerising work of art.'

Mireille Juchau, author of The World Without Us

‘Not only is The Shut-Ins a compelling story about hikikomori, those who seek absolute isolation from society, and those who orbit them in their reclusion, it is also a profound exploration of loneliness, solitude, and that peculiar, ineffable yearning for inner or unconscious worlds; the chimeric 'other side'. Katherine Brabon is a precise and contemplative writer, her prose capable of intense, almost-heady evocation. I will read everything she writes.'

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and The Good People

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