by Haruki Murakami - £8.99 Vintage (2002)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099448471 | ISBN 10: 0099448475
Twenty-two-year-old Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamourous 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.
Surprised that she might, after all, be a lesbian, 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 about her.
Frustrated in his own love for Sumire, K consoles himself by having an affair with the mother of one of his pupils. Then a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island and asks for his help, and he discovers that something very strange has happened to Sumire.
"A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors."
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