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The Night of Baba Yaga

In this violent, no-holds-barred queer thriller, a fierce mixed-race fighter develops a powerful attachment to the yakuza princess she’s been forced to Kill Bill meets The Handmaiden meets Thelma and Louise.

Tokyo, 1979. Yoriko Shindo, a workhorse of a woman who has been an outcast her whole life, is kidnapped and dragged to the lair of the Naiki-kai, a branch of the yakuza. Having brutally beaten nearly every member of the gang in an attempt to escape, Shindo is only permitted to live under one that she will become the bodyguard and driver for Shoko Naiki, the obsessively sheltered daughter of the gang’s boss.

Eighteen-year-old Shoko, pretty and silent as a doll, has no friends, wears strangely old-fashioned clothes, and is completely naive in all matters of life. Originally disdaining her ward, Shindo soon finds herself far more invested in Shoko’s well-being than she ever expected. But every man around them is bloodthirsty and trigger-happy. Shindo doubts she and Shoko will survive much longer if nothing changes. Could there ever be a different life for two women like them?

Akira Otani’s explosive English-language debut moves boldly through time and across gender, stretching the definitions and possibilities of each concept. Rendered in gorgeous translation by International Booker–shortlisted Sam Bett, this lean, mean thriller proves that bonds forged in fire are unbreakable.

The Night of Baba Yaga

Expected to ship September 2024
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    The Night of Baba Yaga | Paperback
    ISBN: 9780571391073
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Publication Date: 12 Sep 2024
    Genre: Adult Thriller - Fiction
    Pages: 224
    Dimensions: 198 x 129 (mm)
    Language: English

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