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'A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful-it is startlingly different: a true original' Guardian

Growing up in the suburbs in post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father's record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch. Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present.

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    9780099448570

    April 1, 2003

    Vintage

    192 pages

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    9781448104758

    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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