Where the Wild Ladies Are

Written by:
Aoko Matsuda
Narrated by:
Sarah Skaer

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
3
Narrator
1
Release Date
February 2021
Duration
6 hours 37 minutes
Summary
A busybody aunt who disapproves of hair removal; a pair of door-to-door saleswomen hawking portable lanterns; a cheerful lover who visits every night to take a luxurious bath; a silent house-caller who babysits and cleans while a single mother is out working. Where the Wild Ladies Are is populated by these and many other spirited women-who also happen to be ghosts. This is a realm in which jealousy, stubbornness, and other excessive “feminine” passions are not to be feared or suppressed, but rather cultivated; and, chances are, a man named Mr. Tei will notice your talents and recruit you, dead or alive (preferably dead), to join his mysterious company. In this collection of linked stories, Aoko Matsuda takes the rich, millennia-old tradition of Japanese folktales-shapeshifting wives and foxes, magical trees and wells-and wholly reinvents them, presenting a world in which humans are consoled, guided, challenged, and transformed by the only sometimes visible forces that surround them.
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Sivan B.

Three stars for the book, one star for the narrator. The book feels like a disconnected collection of vignettes. Lots of ghosts and not so many wild women. Maybe they're wild in their own cultural context, but I'm not sure it translates well to the North American cultural context. The narrator's inflection, pacing, and cadence were all super off for me. Emphasis on the wrong word in the wrong way in most sentences. It just didn't read like I would read the book, at all, and that made it super hard for me to get into it.

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