Strange Weather in Tokyo (Paperback)

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This is a great summer read, especially if you have any interest in Japan or translated fiction. The book follows a happily single thirty-eight-year-old woman as she develops a friendship with her old teacher, thirty years her senior. Both enjoy eating and drinking and as their quirky relationship progresses, a sweet partnership slowly forms. The detailed food descriptions kept me enthralled and the author's use of the seasons to mirror the character's fights and adventures paints a lively and humorous picture of modern life in Tokyo. For fans of slow burn romance, Murakami without the weirdness, Japanese food, and light slightly off-tempo reads, Strange Weather will hit all the right spots.

Camilla

This is a great summer read, especially if you have any interest in Japan or translated fiction. The book follows a happily single thirty-eight-year-old woman as she develops a friendship with her old teacher, thirty years her senior. Both enjoy eating and drinking and as their quirky relationship progresses, a sweet partnership slowly forms. The detailed food descriptions kept me enthralled and the author's use of the seasons to mirror the character's fights and adventures paints a lively and humorous picture of modern life in Tokyo. For fans of slow burn romance, Murakami without the weirdness, Japanese food, and light slightly off-tempo reads, Strange Weather will hit all the right spots. — From Camilla's Picks (page 2)

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize, Strange Weather in Tokyo is a story of loneliness and love that defies age.

Tsukiko, thirty-eight, works in an office and lives alone. One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, "Sensei," in a local bar. Tsukiko had only ever called him "Sensei" ("Teacher"). He is thirty years her senior, retired, and presumably a widower. Their relationship develops from a perfunctory acknowledgment of each other as they eat and drink alone at the bar, to a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love.

As Tsukiko and Sensei grow to know and love one another, time's passing is marked by Kawakami's gentle hints at the changing seasons: from warm sake to chilled beer, from the buds on the trees to the blooming of the cherry blossoms. Strange Weather in Tokyo is a moving, funny, and immersive tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781640090163
ISBN-10: 1640090169
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English
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