By Christopher Barzak
During this haunting, richly woven novel of recent lifestyles 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 a number of strangers are lightly associated via love, loss, and fate.
On a educate jam-packed with quietly slumbering passengers, a tender man's lifestyles is endlessly altered while he's miraculously visible via a blind guy. In a quiet city an American instructor who has misplaced her eastern lover to dying starts to lose her personal self. On a distant highway amid fallow rice fields, 4 younger pals conscientiously take their very own lives--and in that second they develop into nearly as one. In a small village a disaffected American youngster stranded in an odd land discovers compassion after an come across with an enigmatic crimson fox, and in Tokyo a woman named Love learns the inner most classes approximately its precise that means from a coma sufferer misplaced in goals of an affair long past wrong.
From the neon shades of Tokyo, with its video game facilities and karaoke bars, to the bamboo groves and hidden shrines of the geographical region, those souls and others mingle, revealing a profound story of connection--uncovering the affection we proportion with no knowing.
Exquisitely perceptive and deeply affecting, Barzak's crafty storytelling deftly illuminates the interior lives of these trying to find--or lose--themselves in a frequently incomprehensible international.
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The heck with it now, though. She’d jump onto a bus and live in a shelter for a while. She wouldn’t be returned to Jesse. Never again. When the man’s hand snaked out and grabbed her leg, tripping her, Misty let out a gasp of dismay. She got ready to use the stun gun again, longer this time. If at first you don’t succeed… “I don’t think so,” he growled between clenched teeth. He smacked the gun from her hand and pinned her under his huge body. “Let me go,” she screamed, struggling beneath him. “Give me a second,” he moaned, not letting her up as he worked on catching his breath.
She slipped into the stairwell, the fire door making a loud click behind her as she barreled down, making it two levels before she heard the fire door open again. ” She didn’t take the time to lean over the railing and look up the winding staircase. She was still two flights ahead of him, but with three to go. The elevator was slow. If he turned back and took that, she’d make it out way ahead of him. But no such luck. She heard the door shut and she knew he was coming after her. At least he was barefoot.
Bryson Winchester groaned again, this time in utter embarrassment, as he turned to see his partner standing in the doorway with a grin on his face. ” Bryson growled. “Yeah, that five-foot-nothing girl looks like a real handful,” Axel said with a laugh. ” Misty fired off. Their attitudes confused her. Jesse had never acted that way — almost offhand — when he was about to beat her. Deadly, yes, offhand, no. The man staring at the human pretzel that she and the giant were making on the floor looked amused, not deadly.