Shizuko Todo

Shizuko Todo 藤堂志津子

Shizuko Todo  (1949–)  lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido, where she was born and raised. She worked at an ad agency for a time after college before becoming a writer. In 1987, her mid-length Madonna no gotoku (Like the Madonna) received the Hokkaido Shimbun Press Literary Award and was short-listed for the Naoki Prize. In 1989, her Urete yuku natsu (Ripening Summer), a collection of stories about love and sex, won the Naoki Prize. In the years since, Todo has continued to produce masterful stories about love with nuanced psychological portrayals that bring out both the warm human facets as well as the toxic side of romantic relationships. She received the Shimase Award for Love Stories in 2001 for her novel Songu obu sande (Song of Sunday), and the Shibata Renzaburo Award in 2003 for her story collection Aki no neko (Autumn Cats). Her more recent works include her collection of three novellas, Kagero (Mayfly; 2007); and her collection of five short stories, Pafekuto ritaiya (Perfect Retirement; 2009).

Books by Shizuko Todo
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    Autumn Cats

    Five short stories center on women in their thirties and forties and their relationships with men, and also feature pet cats or dogs in important roles. The women stand at fateful crossroads in their lives, with their pets at their side. In the title sto …