By Christopher Barzak
During this haunting, richly woven novel of recent existence in Japan, the writer of the acclaimed debut One for Sorrow explores the binds that bind humanity around the private divides. here's a Murakamiesque jewel field of intertwined narratives within which the lives of a number of strangers are lightly associated via love, loss, and fate.
On a educate full of quietly napping passengers, a tender man's existence is without end altered while he's miraculously visible by way of a blind guy. In a quiet city an American instructor who has misplaced her jap lover to dying starts to lose her personal self. On a distant street amid fallow rice fields, 4 younger neighbors conscientiously take their very own lives--and in that second they develop into nearly as one. In a small village a disaffected American youngster stranded in a wierd land discovers compassion after an come across with an enigmatic purple fox, and in Tokyo a lady named Love learns the private classes approximately its real which means from a coma sufferer misplaced in goals of an affair long past 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 percentage with out knowing.
Exquisitely perceptive and deeply affecting, Barzak's crafty storytelling deftly illuminates the interior lives of these trying to find--or lose--themselves in a frequently incomprehensible global.