Mukoda Kuniko :: The Woman Next Door


The Woman Next Door
by MUKŌDA Kuniko

Translated by A. Reid MONROE-SHERIDAN

Lonely people trapped in webs of their own design, seeking hope, love, forgiveness, validation... Five stories reveal the innermost hopes and fears of ordinary women, and men, facing the demands of others and of themselves in cool marriage and cold betrayal, exploring new avenues through new encounters.

Mukōda, renowned for her piercing depictions of loneliness, family, and inner turmoil, examines the roles of women and the 'man of the house,' whether husband, father, or even daughter. Her work explores the pain lurking in unmet expectations of family and love, and the resilience of women and men in finding purpose where none is forthcoming.


  • Pages: Pending
  • Trade paperback 5" x 8" (127mm x 203mm)
  • ISBN
    Softcover: 978-4-909473-18-9
    Ebook: 978-4-909473-19-6
  • List price
    Softcover: Pending
    Ebook: Pending
  • Cover: Ramona Russu

In editing

  • Scheduled for publication in mid-2021

About the author

Mukōda Kuniko (向田 邦子, November 28, 1929–August 22, 1981) was born in Tokyo. After graduating Jissen Women's Educational Institute, she began work at film publicity company Ondori Company in 1952. She quit in 1960 to write for the screen and radio, winning the 1980 Naoki Prize for her short stories "Hanano Namae", "Kawauso" and "Inugoya." She died unexpectedly in an aircraft disaster.

About the translator

A. Reid Monroe-Sheridan is a corporate lawyer and Associate Professor at Keio University Law School in Tokyo. He has previously taught courses at the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics and Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He holds a B.A. in Japanese literature from Carleton College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies based in Yokohama.