South of the Border, West of the Sun
Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch.
Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.
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South of the Border, West of the Sun is as rich and mysterious as anything he has written. Simon Leake
Romance, accusingly bittersweet but still redemptive, is the theme of this novel written by award-winning novelist Murakami, one of Japan's most popular authors.
Library Journal Full Review
a curious and absorbing psychological mystery set in modern Japan, a probing meditation on human fragility, the grip of obsession and the impenetrable, erotically charged enigma that is the other. Richard Bernstein
The New York Times