"Erika Kobayashi gathers world-historical, feminist, and ecological yarns to crochet a web of “terrorist” intrigue that tugs the Tokyo Olympics completely off-course. Fast-paced, funny, and thrillingly conceptual, Trinity, Trinity, Trinity is a masterpiece from one of Japan’s most original new voices."
—Margherita Long, author of Care, Kin, Crackup: Fukushima and the Intrusion of Gaia
"Erika Kobayashi forms an intricate lacework of a narrative in Trinity, Trinity, Trinity, unflinchingly revealing patterns and symmetries in the history of nuclear warfare, radioactivity, and the unspoken emotional legacies inherited by generations of mothers and daughters. Possessing its own glowing dream-logic, this novel is dark and radiant all at once."
—Lee Conell, author of The Party Upstairs
"Erika Kobayashi’s compelling new novel explores the nuclear trauma of the 20th and 21st centuries through the code name Trinity: the site of the detonation of the first atomic bomb, an allusion to a poem by John Donne, and the appearance of a strange disease, also called Trinity. Interweaving the lives of three generations of women, Kobayashi effectively combines history, memory, and forgetfulness in a gripping narrative that this reader could not put down. A major contribution to contemporary Japanese fiction by an important new author."
—Janice Carole Brown, author of Tarnished Words: The Poetry of Ōba Minako
"Erika Kobayashi’s brilliant novel Trinity, Trinity, Trinity traces the everyday, yet ghostly, technologies, and the invisible forces, that shape our lives, acts, and epoch. A luminous and penetrating history of our shared present—a history felt on the body, across generations and around the world. Incandescent and indispensable, this is a stunning work by a visionary artist and writer."
—Mark Seltzer, author of The Official World
"Trinity, Trinity, Trinity is a heartfelt and poignant novel about the aftermath of disaster. Erika Kobayashi brilliantly layers memory and oblivion, fear and doubt, destruction and recovery via the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Fukushima nuclear accident in a story that is hauntingly reminiscent of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Stunning and unforgettable."
—J.M. Lee, author of Broken Summer
“Reading Trinity, Trinity, Trinity by Erika Kobayashi is like entering a universe beating with a deeply intelligent light. Kobayashi delicately weaves generations of women to the lasting wounds of nuclear destruction and the hubris of war. A unique and unforgettable novel.”
—Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Woman of Light
"Trinity, Trinity, Trinity encloses the reader in a terrifying world undreamed of by the irrational. Humans reduced to themselves, their solitude and incompleteness, make their way cautiously through a world of ordered disequilibrium. Kobayashi writes with an ironic potency that illuminates the actual at every mysterious point."
—Susanna Moore, author of In the Cut