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Diary of a Void: A Novel By Emi Yagi, David Boyd (Translated by), Lucy North (Translated by) Cover Image
By Emi Yagi, David Boyd (Translated by), Lucy North (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143136880
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - August 8th, 2023

This is one of the wackiest, most elusive, and most bizarre books I've encountered in a while. The protagonist, whose first name remains unknown, pretends to be pregnant at work to be relieved of the mindless tasks her male coworkers blatantly assume she'll do: making coffee, distributing snacks, cleaning, etc. Committing to the ruse, she gains a new sense of identity, tracking her body's changes, eating for the baby, going to aerobics for the baby...but what baby??? You'll be confused and delighted until the very last week of the pregnancy and the very last page of this book.

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