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Yuki Chan in Brontë CountryYuki Chan in Brontë Country is a weird book. Occasionally moving, sparsely enlightening and mostly baffling. It's not exactly a problem of tone, which in a sense is coherent with the half naïf, half surrealist way of perceiving reality of the main protagonist, Yuki. The problem, if it is a problem, is the absence of a clear compass helping the reader to navigate the seemingly unconnected narrative situations of the novel. It's true that some of them tie themselves at the end but many more are still drifting in the reader's memory, floating nicely in the same tone of Yuki's narrative but with no possibility of closure.
by Mick Jackson
Faber & Faber
Yukiko tragically lost her mother ten years ago. After visiting her sister in London, she goes on the run, and heads for Haworth, West Yorkshire, the last place her mother visited before her death. Against a cold, winter, Yorkshire landscape, Yuki has to tackle the mystery of her mother's death, her burgeoning friendship with a local girl, the allure of the Brontës and her own sister's wrath.