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Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

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As a child, Natsuki doesn’t fit into her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut who has explained to her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of Nagano to visit her grandparents in their wooden house in the forest. One summer, her cousin Yuu confides to Natsuki that he is an extraterrestrial, and Natsuki starts to wonder if she might be an alien too. Later, as a married woman, Natsuki feels forced to fit in to a society she deems a “baby factory” but wonders if there is more to the world than the mundane reality everyone else seems to accept. The answers are out there, and Natsuki has the power to find them.

japanese title: Chikyu seijin
subjects: Extraterrestrial beings
Magical realism
Women authors
ISBN: 9780802157003
OCLC number: 1181840856
publisher: Grove Press
publication place: New York
japanese publication date: 2018
english publication date: 2020
document type: Book
description: 247 pages ; 22 cm