Hiromi Kawakami: The Nakano Thrift Shop

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Described by Monocle as “ebulliently imaginative,” Hiromi Kawakami is known for her eccentric and delicate prose that exposes the surrealism lurking in everyday life. After being shortlisted for the Man Booker International and Independent Foreign Fiction prizes for Strange Weather in Tokyo, Kawakami returns with The Nakano Thrift Shop. The story features an odd cast of characters set among household bric-à-brac objects that turn out, upon close examination, to be just as bizarre as the habitués of Mr. Nakano’s shop. Kawakami will speak with Blair Reeve about her novel and about portraying the deep mysteries of the human heart.