Few imagined that the baby girl abandoned on the outskirts would grow up to marry into and become the matriarch of the illustrious Akakuchiba family, much less that she would be clairvoyant.  Then her daughter shocked the village by joining a motorcycle gang and becoming a famous manga artist.  But this is not their story, but the granddaughter’s.  Toko is a nobody, a nobody worth entrusting with the secret that her grandmother is a murderer.

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint announced that Kazuki Sakuraba’s Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas will release on April 21st.

“Toko Akakuchiba is an ordinary woman, from an extraordinary family.  When Toko sits to write her family history, she uncovers the truth about her grandmother’s past, and the woman’s clairvoyant powers,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor. “Author Kazuki Sakuraba skillfully creates an atmospheric multi-generational saga set amidst the turmoil of Japan’s postwar era. Readers will be swept up in the engrossing story of this legendary clan!”

Kazuki Sakuraba is a bestselling author in Japan.  Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2007, and Sakuraba also won the Naoki Prize for popular fiction in 2008 for her suspense novel, Watashi no otoko.

Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas will be released in print on April 21st for $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN, and an eBook edition will debut simultaneously for $9.99 U.S. / CAN on the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play store.


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