Lonely Castle in the Mirror


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$27.95  $25.99
Erewhon Books
Publish Date
5.59 X 8.58 X 1.42 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Mizuki Tsujimura (辻村深月) lives in Tokyo and is a well-known author of bestselling mystery novels in Japan. Her groundbreaking novel Lonely Castle in the Mirror combines elements of Japanese fantasy with highly relevant themes of emotional wellbeing and friendship. It won the coveted Japan Booksellers' Award, voted by booksellers as the book they most like to sell, and became an instant no.1 bestseller in Japan, selling over half a million copies. Tsujimura has also won the Naoki prize for her work. Rights have sold across the world.


★ "This sweet, kindhearted, and deeply sympathetic magical realist novel about middle school dropouts pulling each other back from the brink will resonate with readers of all ages." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] moving psychological journey . . . blazingly honest . . . Tsujimura is a master at projecting these young anxieties onto the page, offering hints and shadows and silhouettes of what the world might be like once we finally grow up, and how difficult it is to take that first step." --Tor.com

"A gorgeous, wrenching fantasy that lays bare the anxieties and desperation - as well as small triumphs - of adolescence." --Locus

"A moving, reflective and surprising novel . . . Anyone who has ever struggled with feeling isolated, had difficulties at school, or had mental health struggles, will find this novel to be a cleansing balm." --Culturefly

"[A] respectful, moving novel about teenage bullying in the Tokyo suburbs . . . Tsujimura shows how easily misunderstandings and miscommunications can escalate, and treats everyone--even the bullies--with nuance." --The Japan Times

"An innovative and tender blend of social commentary and magical realism." --The Japan Society Review

"Genuinely affecting . . . a story about collaboration, empathy and sharing truths, a modern, all-ages fairy tale that should appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman and Studio Ghibli animations." --The Financial Times