The Nakano Thrift Shop

Hiromi Kawakami (Author) Allison Markin Powell (Translator)
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Description

This "gentle, humorous novel" follows a young Japanese woman as she yearns for the love of a reluctant coworker (The Wall Street Journal).

The objects for sale at the Nakano Thrift Shop appear as commonplace as the staff and customers who handle them. But like those staff and customers, they hold many secrets. If examined carefully, they show the signs of innumerable extravagances, of immeasurable pleasure and pain, and of the deep mysteries of the human heart.Hitomi, the inexperienced young woman who works the register, has fallen for her coworker, the oddly reserved Takeo. Unsure of how to attract his attention, she seeks advice from her employer's sister, Masayo, whose sentimental entanglements make her a somewhat unconventional guide. But thanks in part to Masayo, Hitomi will come to realize that love, desire, and intimacy require acceptance not only of idiosyncrasies but also of the delicate waltz between open and hidden secrets, in this novel from the author of Strange Weather in Tokyo that "captures an untranslatable Japanese mood" (The New York Times).

"Uses a series of vignettes to chronicle a girl's time working at Mr. Nakano's secondhand store in Tokyo . . . Pleasant, leisurely prose."--Publishers Weekly

"Hiromi Kawakami's charming novel illuminates moments of kindness, love and friendship that pop up like the unexpected treasures amid the shop's dusty collection of pretty mismatched bowls and plates, castoff eyeglasses, task lamps and old electric fans."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Europa Editions
Publish Date
June 06, 2017
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781609453992
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About the Author

Bestselling author Hiromi Kawakami has won acclaim for her essays, stories, and novels. Her short fiction has appeared in English in The Paris Review and Granta. Her novel Strange Weather in Tokyo was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2014 International Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in Japan.

Allison Markin Powell is a literary translator and editor in New York City. Her translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Fuminori Nakamura, and Kanako Nishi, and she was the guest editor for the first Japan issue of Words Without Borders. She maintains the database Japanese Literature in English at www.japaneseliteratureinenglish.com.

Reviews

Praise for The Nakano Thrift Shop

"[The characters] are thoughtfully written--understated, quirky, flawed, and by the end of the novel you care about them so much. And it's also a little longer than [Kawakami's] other novels, so you can really sink into this endlessly charming book."
--Kirkus (Starred Review)

"A gentle, humorous novel."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Kawakami lavishes attention on quotidian minutiae and exquisitely awkward pauses, ending scenes on maddeningly unresolved but vibrant images. [...] It feels a lot like daily life in Tokyo, but odder."
--The New York Times

"The novel presents a fine-grained portrayal of its characters' lives [...] [Its] pleasures [...] revolve [...] around the granular details of the everyday."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"[Kawakami] knows she doesn't need fireworks to keep the reader entertained, and is pushing her exploration of form and style."
--The Japan Times

"A window into another world is opened by this pleasant but sprightly look at daily life in a small thrift shop in a Japanese city. Love and disappointment, professional rivalry, filial conflict and longings for another life illuminate these characters who became friends to the reader by the finish. Great summer read."
--Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association
(MPIBA)

"Charming, quirky, and wise, this is a warmhearted character study of the undervalued, the obsolete, and the hidden gems among us all."
--Monique Truong, author of Bitter in the Mouth

"Subtle, graceful, wise and threaded on a quirky humour, this exploration of the connections and disconnections between people kept me smiling long after the last page."
--Julia Rochester, author of The House at the End of the World

"The Nakano Thrift Shop
is really a love story, albeit a very offbeat one... A gentle book, full of charm [and] radiating leftfield charisma."
--Emerald Street

"Hiromi Kawakami's charming novel illuminates moments of kindness, love and friendship that pop up like the unexpected treasures amid the shop's dusty collection of pretty mismatched bowls and plates, castoff eyeglasses, task lamps and old electric fans."
--The Minneapolis Star Tribune

." . .[A] modern Japanese slice-of-life drama."
--Booklist

"Readers will grow to care about these quirky characters [...] making "Nakano" an utterly charming little book."
--Philippine Daily Inquirer

"A window into another world is opened by this pleasant but sprightly look at daily life in a small thrift shop in a Japanese city. Love and disappointment, professional rivalry, filial conflict and longings for another life illuminate these characters who become friends to the reader by the finish."
--Eric Boss, Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association