Convenience Store Woman

“When you work in a convenience store, people often look down on you for working there. I find this fascinating, and I like to look them in the face when they do this to me. And as I do so…

Pachinko

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a work of historical fiction published in 2017. Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2017. It’s a saga about multi-generations of a poor Korean immigrant family striving for…

Sweet Bean Paste

Summary Sweet bean paste is a story about Sentaro who works at a tiny confectionary shop named Doraharu. His life is fairly run of the mill. He spends each day selling dorayaki (a Japanese pancake filled with sweet bean paste).…

The Cat Who Saved the Books

In “The Cat Who Saved the Books” the protagonist is the high school student Rintaro Natsuki. Rintaro has grown up working in his grandfather’s secondhand bookstore. Now that his grandfather has passed away, Rintaro have to close the Natsuki book…

The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian is the story of Yeong Hye, an ordinary South Korean woman. She is a dutiful wife and her married life is fairly run of the mill. But all of this changes when Yeong Hye starts having terrifying blood-filled…

“Suicide Notes” Review

Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year’s Day to find himself in the psychiatric ward of a hospital. Even though he doesn’t really remember what happened, he is certain that someone clearly made a huge mistake when they brought him…

Strange Weather in Tokyo

“It grows because you plant it. […] That’s how love is. If the love is true, then treat it the same way you would a plant – feed it, protect it from the elements – you must do absolutely everything…

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