The Red Notebook_Antoine Laurain

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

He drank some more wine, feeling he was about to commit a forbidden act.  A transgression. For a man should never go through a woman’s handbag – even the most remote tribe would adhere to that ancestral rule. Husbands in loincloths definitely did not have the right to go and look for a poisoned arrow […]... Read More
Manazuru_Hiromi Kawakami

Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, mysteriously vanished without a trace, leaving behind her and their 3-year-old daughter, Momo. Since then, Kei’s life has remained in a sort of limbo, populated by memories of Rei and their life together prior to his disappearance. She is ‘involved’ with a married man named Seiji, their […]... Read More

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor is my second go at Yoko Ogawa, having been first introduced to her work through her unforgettable The Diving Pool: Three Novellas.  By comparison, The Housekeeper and the Professor is a far cry from the quiet uneasiness and foreboding that helped cement The Diving Pool’s place on my mind’s list […]... Read More
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The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

  The Nakano Thrift Shop is an amusing look at the people who work at a secondhand goods store in Tokyo.  Hitomi, a part-time employee and the book’s narrator is smitten with aloof co-worker Takeo, whose abrupt manner she finds both confusing and infuriating.  The shop’s proprietor, Mr. Haruo Nakano is a thrice-married ladies’ man […]... Read More