Haruki Murakami

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Sputnik Sweetheart

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Fiction
World Kodansha
US Knopf
UK Vintage
1999

Twenty two year old, Sumire is in love for the first time with a woman seventeen years her senior. But, whereas Miu is a glamorous and successful older woman with a taste for classical music and fine wine, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Jack Kerouac novel.

Surprised that she might, after all, be a lesbian, Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend, K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire and should she ever tell Miu how she feels about her?

K, a primary school teacher, is used to answering questions, but what he most wants to say to Sumire is "I love you." He consoles himself by having an affair with the mother of one of his pupils.

But, when a desperate Miu calls him out of the blue from a sunny Greek island and asks for his help, he soon discovers that all is not as it seems and something very strange has happened to Sumire.

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Reviews

Evening Standard
Sputnik Sweetheart is a captivating book from one of the world’s most interesting authors. Reality will never look so solid again. Jenny Turner
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Booklist
As Murakami's people shuttle between alternate worlds and secret selves, always isolating someone trapped behind the last locked door, we can't escape recognizing that this fantastic world feels an awful lot like daily life.
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