Isn't She Pitiful?

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Isn't She Pitiful?
Author: Risa Wataya
Specifications: ISBN  978-4163809502
240 pages
13.0 x 18.8 cm / 5.2 x 7.5 in (WxH)
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Bungeishunju Ltd.
Tokyo, 2011
Awards: Kenzaburo Oe Prize, 2012
Translations: Simplified Chinese, Korean, Chinese (Traditional)
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Jurie, who works at a department store, likes to daydream. She imagines being in an earthquake, and fantasizes about the hero who will come to her rescue. She sees this hero as someone who will place her welfare first and foremost on his mind. It ought to be her boyfriend Ryudai, but recently she’s begun to question whether she can really count on him to rescue her if she falls into peril. His ex-girlfriend, Akiyo, has been out of a job, and Ryudai says he wants to put her up at his place. He even threatened to break up with Jurie if she can’t accept it. Ayaha, Jurie’s colleague, tells her she should promptly dump a guy like that, but Jurie can’t bring herself to do it. In time, Akiyo does indeed move in with Ryudai. Now, even when Jurie’s at work, she can’t keep her mind off the two of them being together. After much agonizing, she had agreed to Ryudai’s plans, but he’s still just as testy with her as before. When they go on a trip to a hot spring resort together, she steals a look at his phone and discovers a slew of text messages from Akiyo. She decides to go to Ryudai’s apartment to confront Akiyo, and finds the place jammed with Akiyo’s personal effects. Flying into a frenzy, she begins hurling things across the room. As she rampages through the apartment, Ryudai comes in the door, so she aims both her vituperation and the objects she’s throwing at him. He and Akiyo flee the apartment, leaving Jurie behind. She is surprised at how clearheaded and buoyant she feels, now that she has unloaded her true feelings.

The volume also contains the story Ami-chan wa bijin (Beautiful Ami). Sakaki becomes friends with Ami, who turns heads wherever she goes. But the free-spirited Ami is accustomed to doing whatever she wants, and it’s all Sakaki can do to keep up. When Ami is determined to marry someone nobody thinks she should, Sakaki decides to support her choice in every way she can . . . How will this complicated friendship end?