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Hiromi Kawakami

Hiromi Kawakami

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.

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Latest reviews

  • “ can really sink into this endlessly charming book.”
    — BookRiot, Jun 13 2018
  • “. . .the tortured relationship at the center of The Nakano Thrift Shop is a love story for contemporary Japan.”
    — OZY, Jun 4 2018
  • THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP is a “slow-burning, bittersweet story”
    — Asian American Writers Workshop: The Margins, Dec 21 2017
  • THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP is “a beautiful celebration of everyday life” and “a novel you read to discover the beauty in the ordinary.”
    — April Magazine, Dec 15 2017
  • "Episodic in structure but as off-beat, unexpected, and meandering as a stroll through your favorite thrift shop, this book is a delightful, character-driven slice of life."
    — Texas Book Festival, Dec 13 2017
  • Allison Markin Powell's translation of THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP by Hiromi Kawakami was named one of “75 Notable Translations of 2017.” See the full list in World Literature Today.
    — World Literature Today, Dec 12 2017
  • “The novel presents a fine-grained portrayal of its characters’ lives [...] [T]he pleasures of THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP [...] revolve [...] around the granular details of the everyday.”
    — The Los Angeles Review of Books, Nov 27 2017
  • “[THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP] captures an untranslatable Japanese mood.”
    — New York Times Book Review, Aug 11 2017
  • “Wonderfully translated by Allison Markin Powell, it offers fascinating insight into Japanese culture . . . ”
    — Huffington Post, Jul 16 2017
  • “A gentle, humorous novel...Kawakami transforms the relationship [between the book’s protagonists] from childlike curiosity and sexual desire to deeper forms of love and appreciation.”
    — The Wall Street Journal, Jun 16 2017
  • Recommended for the armchair traveler as one of “seven new novels that will take you around the globe.”
    — TIME, Jun 16 2017
  • “Hiromi Kawakami’s charming novel illuminates moments of kindness, love and friendship that pop up like unexpected treasures”
    — The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jun 6 2017
  • “Kawakami is interested in the experience of working an incidental job, and that allows each moment to stand on its own.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Apr 24 2017
  • “In this quirky and episodic novel, a young woman yearns for love in a thrift store full of oddities and odd characters.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Mar 21 2017
  • “A charming, meandering novel that avoids easy satisfactions, The Nakano Thrift Shop is an agreeably wistful read.”
    — The Complete Review, Mar 7 2017


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