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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
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Penance by Kanae Minato

Ever since reading her gripping first novel, Confessions, I’ve kept Kanae Minato on my growing watchlist of Japanese authors. Hailed in Japan as the Queen of ‘Iyamisu’, a subgenre of mystery fiction that delves into the sinister side of human nature, Minato’s darkly woven tale of a mother seeking vengeance after the murder of her […]... 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
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Pretty Good Number One by Matthew Amster-Burton

Sometime last week, after finishing Legend of a Suicide by David Vann, I decided that my brain needed a palate cleansing pick-me-up, something to whisk me out of Vann’s emotively beautiful but harsh Sukkwan Island wilderness, wrap me in a warm blanket, and spoon feed me from a comforting bowl of soup, or in this […]... Read More