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Author: Takamichi Okubo Narrator: Alexander Cendese Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781480561045
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Haruki is traveling to the vast plains of Hokkaido, Japan, on a lone bus about to enter a three-kilometer-long tunnel. He is grieving for the loss of his wife when the tunnel collapses and traps the bus inside. In the darkness that follows, he manages to fumble out of the bus with the only other survivor, an astute and gentle woman who reminds him of his late wife. Without any light to guide them and with only each other to depend on, they try to escape the stifling darkness and along the way find themselves confronted by their pasts and given their last chance at intimacy, and ultimately, absolution.

A realist story that plays with surreal elements, the tale poses a simple question: What is the meaning of hope?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Okubo is a consummate craftsman. In the Tunnel is a work of gripping realism, filled with vivid details, sympathetic characters, and a deeply moving story that guides us to that beautiful light at the end of the tunnel. A potent new talent.”

    Samrat Upadhyay, author of Arresting God in Kathmandu

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About the Author

Takamichi Okubo is a native of Tokyo, Japan. He received his BA from Princeton University and is currently an MFA candidate at Indiana University. His work has been published in Matter Press: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and is forthcoming in The Ledge Poetry and Fiction Magazine. His story, “Dear Mother” won first prize in the Ledge Fiction Awards Contest.

About the Narrator

Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor and narrator whose credits include roles on and off Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.