Shibasaki Tomoka is the author of more than twenty novels, short-story collections, and essay collections, and has co-authored two additional books. Her novel Sono machi no ima wa won the Minister of Education's Newcomers' Award in 2006, and her acclaimed novel Haru no niwa was awarded the Akutagawa Prize in 2014. Its English translation, Spring Garden, is now available in the UK and US through Pushkin Press. Asako I & II, a film based on her novel Nete mo samete mo, opened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
To people who believe they’re doing the right thing, to people who never doubt themselves, I know that someone like me, someone who doesn’t even do what she’s supposed to do, must come across as truly heartless.