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Haruki Murakami’s ‘favourite young novelist’

Posted 30th Nov 2017

The latest in our Japanese Novellas series, Ms Ice Sandwich is now on shelves!

This is the fourth of our contemporary Japanese novellas and the subject of much attention as Mieko Kawakami has recently been singled out by Haruki Murakami as his ‘favourite young novelist.’

As per the rest of the series, it’s been given a distinctive look by brilliant designer Nathan Burton.

Ms Ice Sandwich seems to lack social graces, but our young narrator is totally smitten with her. He is in awe of her aloofness, her skill at slipping sandwiches into bags, and, most electric of all, her ice-blue eyelids. Every day he is drawn to the supermarket just to watch her in action. But life has a way of interfering – there is his mother, forever distracted, who can tell the fortunes of women; his grandmother, silently dying, who listens to his heart; and his classmate, Tutti, no stranger to pain, who shares her private thrilling world with him.

Tender, warm, yet unsentimental, Ms Ice Sandwich is a story about new starts, parents who have departed, and the importance of saying goodbye.

Intrigued? Read an extract here >