Visits to the Confabulatorium is a beautiful, haunting book. It makes tangible the exchanges made in our most quiet moments of relationship—the unseen things we lend to and hold for another person. Soramimi captures moonlight in ziploc bags, and gives us the pleasure of opening them, one by one.—Jack Cheng, author of See You in the Cosmos
Inventive stories from a new talent to watch. Some of the shortest stories here have the most impact. This is a collection with a distinctive voice, and Soramimi Hanarejima is a writer to add to your list. An impressive effort.—Matthew Salesses, author of The Hundred-Year Flood
In this unique and charming debut, Hanarejima weaves vignettes of ‘another world, intermingled with our own’, where ideas come in standard sizes, and mental models are tangible… A visit to the confabulatorium is refreshing, rewarding – and recommended!—Tasneem Zehra Husain, author of Only The Longest Threads
The sugar rush of sweet compliments.
Traps set to capture the imagination.
The frantic search for errant curiosity.
Prescription glasses for lazy mind’s eye.
These things and more shape the lives of the characters inhabiting the fanciful stories in Visits to the Confabulatorium. With emotional honesty rendered in surreal circumstances, this collection invites readers into the quietly tangled terrain of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships—a realm blending inner life with worldly consequences—where the reader can be simultaneously visitor and citizen.
From the absence of curiosity in “Mismanagement of Restlessness” to the diagnosis of “lazy mind’s eye” in “Anisotropy,” the reality-unreality that exists in each story captures you, turns you around and then sets you down again, in the same place but different somehow. The stories in Visits to the Confabulatorium linger long after the last line is read, teasing you to return and travel along those lines again.—Nancy Christie, author of Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories
Soramimi Hanarejima’s Visits to the Confabulatorium is undeniably humorous and philosophical and exuberantly contemplative.—Eleanor Levine, author of Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria
Thanks to the author’s language of sublime depth and beauty, a set of everyday stories takes place in the elusive realm of imagination – confabulatorium, where readers are gently invited to, so they could also face themselves – as seen in other people.—Marcin Dolecki, author of Philosopher’s Crystal: The Treacherous Terrain of Tassatarius.