A story of a mother who can’t quite find her way in the motherhood. Unlike in, for example, Territory of Light — where you easily feel the atmosphere of the novel and emotions of the heroine — the pages of Child of Fortune are shrouded in a thin layer of darkness. The heroine is lost, and we are lost with her. Kōko drifts through life with no regard for her responsibilities: bringing up her daughter, cleaning the flat, good relationships with family and friends. This is a story about a dysfunctional family in a society encouraging only one acceptable model of such. And all Kōko longs for is to start living for herself.