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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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  • “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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