The paperback launch of critically acclaimed debut novel ‘What’s Left Of Me Is Yours’ featuring author Stephanie Scott in conversation with Jing-Jing Lee.
What’s Left of Me Is Yours is set in the 1990s and modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime which occurred within the Japanese marriage-breakup industry. The novel follows a young woman’s search for the truth about her mother’s life and her murder.
About The Author:
Stephanie Scott is a Singaporean & British writer who was born and raised in South East Asia. She read English Literature at York and Cambridge and holds an M.St in Creative Writing from Oxford. Scott won a British Association of Japanese Studies Toshiba Studentship for her anthropological work on her novel What's Left of Me Is Yours and has been made a member of the British Japanese Law Association as a result of her research.
What's Left Of Me Is Yours is a New York Times Editor's Pick, an Observer Best Debut of 2020, a Daily Mail and Woman & Home Book of the Year, and has just been longlisted for both the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Jhalak Prize Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour.
About The Book:
In Japan, an industry has grown up around the “wakaresaseya” a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Satō hires Kaitarō, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Satō has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitarō’s job is to do exactly that– until he does it too well. While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitarō fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter’s life.
Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, Stephanie Scott exquisitely renders the affair and its intricate repercussions. As Rina’s daughter, Sumiko, fills in the gaps of her mother’s story and her own memory, Scott probes the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, asking where we draw the line between passion and possession.