Ryu Murakami (Author), Ralph McCarthy (Translator)

Overview | Inside the Book

The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie.

In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone with his son ever since his wife died seven years before, finally decides it is time to remarry. Since Aoyama is a bit rusty when it comes to dating, a filmmaker friend proposes that, in order to attract the perfect wife, they do a casting call for a movie they don’t intend to produce. As the résumés pile up, only one of the applicants catches Aoyama’s attention—Yamasaki Asami—a striking young former ballerina with a mysterious past. Blinded by his instant and total infatuation, Aoyama is too late in discovering that she is a far cry from the innocent young woman he imagines her to be. The novel’s fast-paced, thriller conclusion doesn’t spare the reader as Yamasaki takes off her angelic mask and reveals what lies beneath.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33841-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“The prose…is elegiac and affecting, but it has the sharp, visceral feel of the butcher’s knife or surgeon’s scalpel…a highly compulsive, one-sitting read.” — Irvine Welsh, The Guardian

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