Sputnik Sweetheart

Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.

Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished…

Reviews

Sputnik Sweetheart has touched me deeper and pushed me further than anything I've read in a long time

- Julie Myerson - Guardian

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How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration

- Independent on Sunday

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A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors

- Sunday Herald

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Murakami has been compared to everyone from Raymond Carver to Raymond Chandler - which should tell you only one thing: he's unique

- Independent

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Confirms Murakami as a master of his craft... Out of this world

- Time Out

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Grabs you from its opening lines. . . . [Murakami's] never written anything more openly emotional.

- Los Angeles Magazine

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Murakami is a genius.

- Chicago Tribune

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Murakami has an unmatched gift for turning psychological metaphors into uncanny narratives. -

- The New York Times Book Review

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An agonizing, sweet story about the power and the pain of love. . . . Immensely deepened by perfect little images that leave much to be filled in by the reader's heart or eye.

- The Baltimore Sun

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[Murakami belongs] in the topmost rank of writers of international stature.

- Newsday

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Murakami's true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments.

- The New Yorker

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Perhaps better than any contemporary writer, [Murakami] captures and lays bare the raw human emotion of longing.

- BookPage

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Murakami . . . has a deep interest in the alienation of self, which lifts [Sputnik Sweetheart] into both fantasy and philosophy.

- San Francisco Chronicle

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Not just a great Japanese writer but a great writer, period.

- Los Angeles Times Book Review

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