334 pages / March 2018 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)
The first novel by the director of Being Born, the documentary film that moved over 900,000 people to tears. A story about life that will make you laugh and cry. The theme is living a life that’s best for you.
The protagonist is Kei Tachibana (32), a gynecologist who lacks communication skills but who has a special ability to hear the voices of babies still in the womb. He got burnt out after a patient at her hospital committed suicide due to postpartum depression.
After some time, he decided to start over, and began working at a small clinic.There he meets a fun loving mix of people including a lesbian midwife and a gay, macho head clinician.
Taken aback by this unexpected environment, he faced his prejudice, overcame his trauma, and grew both as a person and as a doctor. It’s a story about life and family that will make you both laugh and cry.
Artwork and illustrations byYū Suzunoki (Author of the Kōnodori manga series)
“It felt like my soul was being wrapped in a warm blanket.”
“It is easier to cry when someone holds you close and tells you that you’ve done well. If I had such a midwife, I know I’d be in good hands.
“I want anyone who has struggled with loneliness, family, and identity to read this. Once you really appreciate diversity, happiness will spread all around you. That’s what this book teaches.