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Rui Kodemari

Rui Kodemari 小手鞠るい

Rui Kodemari (1956–)  was born in Okayama Prefecture. In 2005 she received the Shimase Award for Love Stories for Hoshii no wa, anata dake (You’re the Only One I Want). Since then she has produced numerous romances, which have gained her a steady following. Her fiction works include Sora to umi no deau basho (Where Sky and Ocean Meet), Mochizuki seikaten (Greengrocer Mochizuki), Neko no katachi o shita kōfuku (Happiness in the Form of a Cat), Kyūshi isshō (Nine Lives Make One Life), Utsukushii shinzō (Beautiful Heart), and many others. In 2014’s Appuru songu (The Apple Song), she takes on a weightier storyline while still retaining the delicate charm of her established style. She has also published essay collections, including Aishi no neko Purin (My Beloved Cat, Purin) and Uddosutokku no mori no hibi (Days amid the Trees of Woodstock). She currently lives in Woodstock, New York.

Books by Rui Kodemari
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    The Apple Song

    As an infant, Marie Torikai is rescued from beneath the rubble following an air raid on the city of Okayama near the end of World War II. She is cared for by relatives until the age of ten because her mother had failed to recover her strength after childb …

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    Where Sky and Ocean Meet

    Konoha Kakehashi, 32, is a freelance illustrator. One day she receives a request from the publisher of a forthcoming children’s story by Yūi Igarashi, alias “Arashi,” to provide illustrations for the volume. According to the young editor, Arashi is …

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    Happiness in the Form of a Cat

    Set against the constantly changing seasons of the American countryside, this story tells of the powerful bond that forms between a married couple and their beloved cat. It is based on author Rui Kodemari’s own experiences with her cat, no longer of thi …

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