Book Seventy Six 2014:
Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
What a gorgeous little gem of a book. The story of a thirty-something girl in Tokyo who stumbles on one of her old teachers in a bar one night and the (sort of) fractured relationship that develops between the two of them.
When I say “sort of” I genuinely mean that. It’s as gentle as a Merchant/Ivory film or Ozu’s Tokyo Story in places, obsessed with food and manners and place and time but very satisfying if you literally need a little Zen in your life for a day or two.
I loved it, you might find it a bit slow. Kind like Murakami without the weird.