By Christopher Barzak
During this haunting, richly woven novel of contemporary existence 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 educate full of quietly sound asleep passengers, a tender man’s existence is ceaselessly altered while he's miraculously visible through a blind guy. In a quiet city an American instructor who has misplaced her eastern lover to dying starts off to lose her personal self. On a distant highway amid fallow rice fields, 4 younger neighbors rigorously take their very own lives—and in that second they develop into virtually as one. In a small village a disaffected American teen stranded in an odd land discovers compassion after an stumble upon with an enigmatic purple fox, and in Tokyo a lady named Love learns the private classes approximately its real that means from a coma sufferer misplaced in desires of an affair long past wrong.
From the neon shades of Tokyo, with its online game facilities and karaoke bars, to the bamboo groves and hidden shrines of the nation-state, those souls and others mingle, revealing a profound story of connection—uncovering the affection we percentage with out realizing.
Exquisitely perceptive and deeply affecting, Barzak’s crafty storytelling deftly illuminates the interior lives of these trying to find—or lose—themselves in a regularly incomprehensible international.