52 Books by 52 Women: The Woman with the Flying Head

52 Books by 52 Women: The Woman with the Flying Head

I don’t remember who originally recommended The Woman with the Flying Head, a book of short stories by Kurahashi Yumiko, selected and translated by Atsuko Sakaki. I picked it up at Half Price Books in Austin, Texas, circa 2003, because some people I knew and some I didn’t were starting up an online book club, and this was one of the books on the list. The book club fizzled out pretty quickly, and ever since then this book has been sitting on my shelf, intriguing and unread. It’s survived several rounds of book collection trimming, with the logic that it really did look like a book I’d like to read and was obscure enough that I’d probably never run across it again if I sold it. I finally read it this week, not because it was “next in line” in my

52 Books by 52 Women reading project, but because I realized the book I was already reading was way too long to finish this week, whereas this one’s only 155 pages and easy to knock out in a few otherwise-busy days. Read more