"A gentle, humorous novel.”
—The Wall Street Journal
"Kawakami lavishes attention on quotidian minutiae and exquisitely awkward pauses, ending scenes on maddeningly unresolved but vibrant images. [...] It feels a lot like daily life in Tokyo, but odder."
—The New York Times
"[Kawakami] knows she doesn't need fireworks to keep the reader entertained, and is pushing her exploration of form and style."
—The Japan Times
"A window into another world is opened by this pleasant but sprightly look at daily life in a small thrift shop in a Japanese city. Love and disappointment, professional rivalry, filial conflict and longings for another life illuminate these characters who became friends to the reader by the finish. Great summer read."
—Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA)
"Charming, quirky, and wise, this is a warmhearted character study of the undervalued, the obsolete, and the hidden gems among us all."
—Monique Truong, author of Bitter in the Mouth
"Subtle, graceful, wise and threaded on a quirky humour, this exploration of the connections and disconnections between people kept me smiling long after the last page."
—Julia Rochester, author of The House at the End of the World
"The Nakano Thrift Shop is really a love story, albeit a very offbeat one... A gentle book, full of charm [and] radiating leftfield charisma."
"Hiromi Kawakami's charming novel illuminates moments of kindness, love and friendship that pop up like the unexpected treasures amid the shop's dusty collection of pretty mismatched bowls and plates, castoff eyeglasses, task lamps and old electric fans."
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune
". . .[A] modern Japanese slice-of-life drama."
"Readers will grow to care about these quirky characters [...] making “Nakano” an utterly charming little book."
—Philippine Daily Inquirer
"A window into another world is opened by this pleasant but sprightly look at daily life in a small thrift shop in a Japanese city. Love and disappointment, professional rivalry, filial conflict and longings for another life illuminate these characters who become friends to the reader by the finish."
—Eric Boss, Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association
About the Author
Allison Markin Powell is a literary translator and editor in New York City. Her translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Fuminori Nakamura, and Kanako Nishi, and she was the guest editor for the first Japan issue of Words Without Borders. She maintains the database Japanese Literature in English at www.japaneseliteratureinenglish.com.