Nanase cannot remember when she first realized she could read people's minds, but not once during her eighteen years has she ever questioned her particularly unusual ability. Yet, working as a live-in maid, she is inevitably drawn into the lives, thoughts and desires of her employers, with dangerous and at times hilarious consequences. From the sexual rapaciousness of her first boss to the grime and stench of the house where she works next and her third employer's inability to accept she's no longer young, Nanase's adventures are a picaresque journey into the inner sanctum of the lives and psyches of ordinary Japanese people.
Born in Osaka, Yasutaka Tsutsui is particularly well known for his science fiction. After graduating from Doshisha University, he founded NULL, a science fiction magazine. His short story Oo-tasuke (Help) won him the recognition and respect of Rampo Edogawa, 'the father of Japanese mystery writing'. In 1970s Tsutsui began experimenting in a variety of styles, from slapstick and black humour. Winner of various awards including Izumi Kyoka Prize, Kawabata Prize and Yomiuri Literary Prize.