A mystery story about love, the cosmos and other fictional universes
Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.
Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.
Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished...
“How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration”
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“A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors”
“Murakami has been compared to everyone from Raymond Carver to Raymond Chandler - which should tell you only one thing: he's unique”