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Iwaki Kei

Iwaki Kei

Iwaki Kei was born in Osaka. After graduating from college, she went to Australia to study English and ended up staying on, working as a Japanese tutor, an office clerk, and a translator. The country has now been her home for 20 years. Farewell, My Orange, her debut novel, won both the Dazai Osamu Prize and the Kenzaburō Ōe Prize.

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Latest reviews

  • “Kei’s novel is a lovely evocation of two people rising up to challenge those who stare and hold them in judgement for their differences, as well as the contrasting kindnesses, and of how they work together to try to create new starts in life.”
    — The Otago Daily Times, Mar 26 2019
  • “. . . readers will find a touching portrait of our need for others and the certainty of change.”
    — Newsouth Books, Feb 13 2019
  • “A difficult and tender look at the lives of immigrant women.”
    — Shelf Awareness, Jan 11 2019
  • “This heartbreaking novel demands to be read more than once.”
    — World Literature Today, Jan 7 2019
  • “ . . . Iwaki proves how the most important lesson concerns empathy.”
    — Financial Times, Dec 14 2018
  • “Kei adroitly intertwines these remarkable characters’ dreams and determination...”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Sep 26 2018


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