Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.
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 for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.
Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished...
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A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors
How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration
Murakami’s true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments.
Murakami has an unmatched gift for turning psychological metaphors into uncanny narratives.
Grabs you from its opening lines... [Murakami’s] never written anything more openly emotional.
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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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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