Clarissa Goenawan pens tale of teenage misfits’ gothic soul-searching

All Things Books / Review

About The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida,
Written by Sebastian Partogi, and was originally published in Jakarta Post,
Mar 08, 2020


Mainstream stories about popular teenagers can be a little bit boring sometimes, since their lives are kind of predictable and go smoothly most of the time.

What is not so predictable is the second novel of Indonesian-born Singaporean author Clarissa Goenawan, The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida, which is scheduled to be released on March 10 via SoHo Press. It follows the lives of Ryusei (male) and Chie (female), two invisible, perhaps even ill-fitting teenage university students as they try to make sense of the suicide of their close friend Miwako Sumida.

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