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Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime, “beginning” in Japanese, has arrived at middle age, wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime’s happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.

When Shimamoto shows up one rainy night, now a breathtaking beauty with a secret from which she is unable to escape, the fault lines of doubt in Hajime’s quotidian existence begin to give way. And the details of stolen moments past and present, a Nat King Cole melody, a face pressed against a window, a handful of ashes drifting downriver to the sea, threaten to undo him completely.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wise and beautiful book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Lovely, deceptively simple…A novel of existential romance.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A probing meditation on human fragility, the grip of obsession, and the impenetrable, erotically charged enigma that is the other.”

    New York Times

  • “His most deeply moving novel.”

    Boston Globe

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About the Narrator

Eric Loren works extensively as a voice artist. Originally from Boston, he trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. His theater work includes world and British premières in the West End, Royal Court, Soho, Kings Head, Bush, and Hampstead theaters. His television work includes Mr. Diagoras and the Dalek Sec in Doctor Who, as well as regular and guest leads in numerous series, and his film work includes Red Lights, Mr. Nice, The Fourth Kind, Until Death, and Saving Private Ryan.