By Christopher Barzak
During this haunting, richly woven novel of contemporary lifestyles in Japan, the writer of the acclaimed debut One for Sorrow explores the binds that bind humanity around the inner most divides. here's a Murakamiesque jewel field of intertwined narratives within which the lives of numerous strangers are lightly associated via love, loss, and destiny.
On a teach packed with quietly napping passengers, a tender man’s lifestyles is without end altered while he's miraculously visible via a blind guy. In a quiet city an American instructor who has misplaced her eastern lover to dying starts to lose her personal self. On a distant highway amid fallow rice fields, 4 younger associates rigorously take their very own lives—and in that second they turn into virtually as one. In a small village a disaffected American youngster stranded in an odd land discovers compassion after an stumble upon with an enigmatic purple fox, and in Tokyo a woman named Love learns the inner most classes approximately its actual that means from a coma sufferer misplaced in goals of an affair long gone wrong.
From the neon shades of Tokyo, with its video game facilities and karaoke bars, to the bamboo groves and hidden shrines of the geographical region, those souls and others mingle, revealing a profound story of connection—uncovering the affection we proportion with out understanding.
Exquisitely perceptive and deeply affecting, Barzak’s crafty storytelling deftly illuminates the internal lives of these trying to find—or lose—themselves in a frequently incomprehensible international.
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