In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
Praise for the book:
“Seductive. . . . A labyrinth designed by a master, at once familiar and irresistibly strange.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
“Digs relentlessly into the buried secrets of Japan’s past . . . brilliantly translated into the latest vernacular.”
– Pico Iyer, Time
Join the First Friday Book Group to discuss the book:
Friday, August 4
6:00 – 8:00 pm
All are welcome to attend! RSVP to email@example.com.
Books are available at the Christ Church Bookstore.