Where the Wild Ladies Are (Compact Disc)
"Let's become monsters together," a dead aunt suggests in the opening story of this 'spirited' collection inspired by Japanese folklore. In one, a woman finds a new girlfriend when she accidentally pulls her skeleton from the bottom of a river. In another, a willow tree contemplates how baby formula revolutionized motherhood. Matsuda, also a translator, has brought the works of Carmen Maria Machado, Amelia Gray and Karen Russell to Japan and in WHERE THE WILD LADIES ARE, you can see exactly why she's the woman for the job. Her prose is deft, funny and endlessly quotable. These are stories about ghosts, but they aren't ghost stories. They're stories that make me want to shed my skin and become a monster--stories that make me believe I can.— Devon D.
November 2020 Indie Next List
“Where the Wild Ladies Are is a beautiful and haunting, modern and feminist reimagining of Japanese folklore and ghost stories. While it wears its inspirations on its sleeve, each of these enchanting and offbeat stories feels entirely original. Ethereal, quirky, and charming — I loved it!”
— Lane Jacobson, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR
Winter 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“Remixing traditional Japanese folktales of ghosts and yokai through a modern, feminist lens, Where the Wild Ladies Are is an incredible collection of quirky, witty, and insightful stories. Matsuda’s keen observational eye and wonderful sense of surreal humor comes through in each and every story.”
— Caleb Masters, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC