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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- You always know you are going to be taken to a different place with every Ishiguro novel and happily, this new one is no exception! Klara is an AF, and it takes awhile to understand that she is a solar-powered artificial being with intelligence and greater self-awareness than others. She possesses both concern and curiosity about the world around her, and constructs a particular view of it which is both logical and naïve.
When she is chosen to be the AF (artificial friend) of a young girl, it is the fulfilment of her purpose for existence, and she becomes inextricably involved in Josie's life. But Josie has problems, and Klara observes far more than she is supposed to… A brilliant book which examines the concepts of 'life' and 'intelligence' - it is thoughtful and meditative but also tells a story that you can't help but become invested in. A very fine book indeed! Lindy
From the bestselling and Booker Prize winning author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, a stunning new novel - his first since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature - that asks, what does it mean to love?
This is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.
A thrilling feat of world-building, a novel of exquisite tenderness and impeccable restraint, Klara and the Sun is a magnificent achievement, and an international literary event.
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Yumiko Kadota was every Asian parent's dream- model student, top of her class in medical school and on track to becoming a surgeon. A self-confessed workaholic, she regularly put 'knife before life', knowing it was all going to be worth it because it would lead to her longed-for career.
But if the punishing hours in surgery weren't hard enough, she also faced challenges as a young female surgeon navigating a male-dominated specialty. She was regularly left to carry out complex procedures without senior surgeons' oversight; she was called all sorts of things, from 'emotional' to 'too confident'; and she was expected to work a relentless on-call roster - sometimes seventy hours a week or more - to prove herself.
Eventually it was too much and Yumiko quit.
Emotional Female is her account of what it was like to train in the Australian public hospital system, and what made her walk away.
Yumiko Kadota is a voice for her generation when it comes to burnout and finding the resilience to rebuild after suffering a physical, emotional and existential breakdown. This is a brave, honest and unflinching work from a major new talent.