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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical; Ist Ed edition (December 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934287032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934287033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although Nonami's macabre thriller was a bestseller in Japan, and the author was won multiple prizes in her native country, American readers may well wonder what the fuss was all about. New bride Noriko is adjusting to her new life as a member of her husband Kazuhito Shito's large family, when she's accosted by a merchant who rents property from the Shitos. The merchant makes an oblique comment before fleeing. The brief, if unsettling, encounter achieves more prominence for Noriko after she learns that the man and his family died in a propane explosion, and she eavesdrops on a conversation that suggests her in-laws were complicit in the tragedy. The plot device of a naïve woman gradually becoming more and more isolated as she's drawn into the suffocating embrace of a sinister family is a familiar one to those who've either read Rosemary's Baby or seen the movie, and Nonami fails to offer anything new to the theme.
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“This pulpy family psychodrama is hugely entertaining – like watching some filmed version of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test from an adapted screenplay by Mario Puzo and directed by Yasujiro Ozu.” — Time Asia
“Asa Nonami's NOW YOU'RE ONE OF US does for marriage what "Jaws" did for a day at the beach, and males and females alike will surly get a chill out of it.” — Fearsmag.com
“No unearthly monsters. No ghosts. No curses. Not even a single drop of blood decorates these pages. The tropes of traditional, Western horror are completely ignored in this Japanese novel, and yet it evokes a sense of dread which is nothing less than genuinely disturbing.”- HorrorReader

“The story's unpredictability is what makes it so suspenseful and successful.” — Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest

“A different country, a different culture, and characters who create something far more fishy than sushi, make for a very unusual reading experience. Jolting and disturbing, this is a powerful work; it’s an unconventional tale despite the conventional gothic trappings.” — Hellnotes

“Nonami twists Japanese societal norms ever so effectively, turning charm into creep and happiness into horror.” — Agony Columns

“An interesting dose of Japanese culture, mores, and history.” — Complete Review

“A creepy psychological thriller.”- The Gline

“I like the psychological mystery and unique Japanese perspective in this novel.” —Basugasubakuhatsu
“This isn't quite Science Fiction, though I kept wondering if cloning or genetic modification would emerge as the man behind the curtain. Instead it's a story about old arts and the bending of wills, the keeping of secrets, and the thick blood of family.” —SFRevu

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 28, 2011
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Noriko Hashimoto's reservations about marrying Kazuhito and joining the Shito household -- complete with siblings, parents, grandparents, and his great-grandmother -- are quickly dispelled by the sunny, welcoming personalities the family members display. To an unnatural degree, the family members embrace Noriko, viewing her as a "treasure" who will, in some unspoken way, be the family's salvation. Noriko is puzzled but flattered; she soon joins in the family's routines. All seems well until an old ice vendor tries to warn Noriko about the family, only to be interrupted by Noriko's mother-in-law before he can voice his concerns. When the ice vendor and his family die in an explosion, Noriko begins to suspect that the Shito family is not as perfect as it seems. A friend in whom she confides tells her: "You haven't married into money, you've married into a swamp of madness."

But what sort of madness underlies the apparent perfection of this extended family? Are they criminals? Are they deviants, living apart from the social norms that Noriko has always accepted? Noriko feels alienated, in part because she doesn't share the family's unnatural closeness (to quote an ancient issue of Mad magazine, "the family that bathes together, stays together," an apt description of the Shitos). Noriko observes an apparent sexual flirtation between siblings that concerns her, even as the family members shrug off her objections to their lifestyle. From the beginning, Noriko is subjected to a form of brainwashing designed to transform her into a true Shito. Her attempt to share her concerns with a friend only results in a new round of confusion and trouble.

For most of the novel, Noriko is stifled in her effort to understand the Shitos, as is the reader.
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By PQUAL921 on January 14, 2013
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Good book, weird but good. This was required reading for a Feminist Gothic class, otherwise I wouldn't have purchased it. It's a good read with some real twists. The seller sent it on time and in great shape.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Goda-Korcsolan on December 23, 2009
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I thought the book was very good! It was a very good thriller. I think it showed a perfect example of how people can become brainwashed and manipulated. The ending isn't what I would call a "happy" or "sad" ending. It's just how things go sometimes, much like reality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books on May 10, 2010
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I liked this book. It is quick paced and draws in the reader. A little creepy, but that's kinda the point.
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